Date: 10/2/17 9:30 am From: David Vick <or.naturalist...> Subject: [COBOL] Green Ridge Harlan's & Goshawk
Sunday was another exciting day of hawk watching for ECAS's survey. Even though our total of 183 birds was less than Saturday's total of 223 we had 20 more raptors due to having 75 TV on Sat. vs. 15 TV on Sun. In the morning we had a hunting Goshawk cruise right through the trees that couldn't be counted as it continued due north until it was out of sight. In the afternoon Judy alerted us to an even closer encounter as a Goshawk flashed past us so fast we initially thought it was a Peregrine. During that same 3:00 to 4:00 time frame Peter spotted a light morph Harlan's going right overhead that gave us all a good look. Despite the forecast we never had a drop of rain and strong westerly winds produced a fairly steady stream birds for the day. Temperatures remained in the chilly mid to upper 40's.
1 Osprey 10 Bald Eagle 80 Sharp-shinned Hawk 37 Cooper's Hawk 1 Northern Goshawk 16 Red-tailed Hawk 10 Golden Eagle 5 Merlin 6 Unid. accipiter 2 Unid. raptor (the only group I'm confident in identifying!) 15 Turkey Vulture
Our observers were the ever dedicated Peter Low, Judy Meredith, Kim Boodie, Leanna Taylor, David Braunschweiger and Bob Wilkinson. We enjoyed the company of visitors Stella Dean, Jim Ott, Susan Primak and Kim's friend Sparky.