Date: 10/3/17 4:37 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Oct 2017) 53 Raptors (2 NG, 1 GE, 12 species)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 3 219
Bald Eagle 4 7 176
Northern Harrier 0 0 24
Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 20 590
Cooper's Hawk 6 7 152
Northern Goshawk 2 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 4 25
Broad-winged Hawk 9 10 22337
Red-tailed Hawk 3 3 76
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 3
American Kestrel 1 1 106
Merlin 2 3 29
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 18
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 13
Unknown Buteo 0 1 9
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 17
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 53 65 23802
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy, Michael Roane, Tom Hawkins, David & Virginia Wayland


Weather:
A very pleasant day! Light SE Breezes, 12.2-17.2C temps, clear visibility.
A rough, all blue sky for most of the day with good 45% cloud cover only
from 10:30-12:00.

Raptor Observations:
Slow but steady flow of raptors throughout the day but some real highlights
made this a day to remember! The first nine raptors of the day represented
nine different species! These included two uncommon migrants (immature
Golden Eagle distant to the west at 9:54am and unaged Northern Goshawk
distant to the east at 10:15). Even at that far distance that Goshawk was
clearly a large, strong bird with huge, bulging wings and broad tail! It
flew past a RT and hardly appeared smaller. Just a bit later another
massive accipiter appeared overhead and once again bulging secondaries,
long but broad tail, and small head in comparison to body and wings were
noted. The bird was too high to detect plumage details but it did circle
long enough for some good views and a few photos. That bird, the day's
second Goshawk (unaged) tracked southward at 10:38.

4 BE (2nd-YR birds at 9:46, 12:31, and 1:35 and one adult at 4:10). An
afternoon falcon flurry including an overhead adult Peregrine at 2:07 took
us once again to a record-tying 12 raptor species for the day! We worked
hard all afternoon and even stayed late combing the sky looking for a
Northern Harrier to take us to a record 13 but never found one. It's
amazing how many different combinations of 12 raptor species we've had on
different days, but still can't squeeze out a 13-raptor day!

First Raptor: 8:25 BW, Last Raptor: 5:32 ML.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 DC Cormorant, 1 Killdeer, 26 Chimney Swifts, 1 Hummingbird, 2 Red-headed
Woodpeckers, 1 Sapsucker, 15 Flickers, 1 Phoebe, 62 Blue Jays, 21 Tree
Swallows, 480 Starlings, 16 Waxwings, 1 Summer Tanager, 4 Scarlet Tanagers,
and 35 Monarch Butterflies.
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Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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