Date: 10/1/17 5:48 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (01 Oct 2017) 12 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 85
Bald Eagle 2 2 107
Northern Harrier 1 1 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 105
Cooper's Hawk 2 2 64
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7664
Red-tailed Hawk 3 3 92
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 58
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 11
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 1 1 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4

Total: 12 12 8224

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Randy Doss

Observers: Allen & Robin Austin, Darryl Martin, John Slaughter,
Mitch Mitchell

George from Roanoke, Wade Hepburn (an eastern VA transplant that lives
nearby Peaks of Otter) along with several others whose names I failed to
get all stopped in and spent some time watching with us. Thanks to Allen
A. who came up to prepare a picnic lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, baked
beans and corn on the cob for Robin and other family members was kind
enough to include the hawk watchers as well. It was delicious as always.

Sunny and clear with with a chilly start at 4c and reaching a high of 18 in
the latter part of the watch. Mostly cloudless skies throughout the watch
and winds varied from east to northeast in the 1-3 mph range.

Raptor Observations:
First bird was a sharp shinned that flashed through over the knob at 8:45.
Although few birds for the day there were only two hourly periods with no
birds at all. Included were an adult and an immature bald eagle together
at 1:45. They were spotted over the western valley initially with a group
of vultures but soon separated and headed south. Another adult bald eagle
was also seen but turned back north and was not counted.

Non-raptor Observations:
8 monarchs and several varieties of small birds including swifts and blue
jays were seen. Parkway traffic was heavy throughout the day and a number
of AT hikers came through. Thanks to the cooler temps the stink bugs were
fairly scarce today.

Weather should be similar on Monday.
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>)
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