Date: 10/5/17 4:20 am
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Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (03 Oct 2017) 69 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 2 62
Osprey 4 5 118
Bald Eagle 6 7 50
Northern Harrier 3 3 23
Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 39 338
Cooper's Hawk 6 7 60
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2 11
Broad-winged Hawk 4 5 3837
Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 14
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 17 21 164
Merlin 1 1 25
Peregrine Falcon 2 2 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 8
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
Unknown Raptor 0 0 27

Total: 69 96 4760

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Isabel Gottlieb, Judd Nathan, Ken Bednars, Maureen Joyce

A total of 52 visitors came up to the platform. Last season's counter
Isabel Gottlieb stopped by with friends and family in the morning, greeted
by a couple of Northern Harriers circling overhead. The massive translucent
balloon noted at Pack Monadnock RMO and by other observers around the state
was also visible (and documented) from the orchard as it passed by to the

Cracks began to appear in the ubiquitous fog just as the clock struck 11am
(EDT), bringing Horse Hill and a glimmer of overhead blue into view. Within
the hour, the fog was gone, and the partly cloudy sky all but lost its
streaks of cirrus by the end of the day. There was a steady 5-10mph
southerly wind, and the temperature brushed 70F in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Almost as soon as the fog had lessened enough to see them, raptors began to
rise around the orchard. Small accipiters and little falcons dominated the
count for the next three hours, with a smattering of other species mixing
in. By the middle of the afternoon, birds seemed to be less ambitious about
covering ground in a south wind.

Non-raptor Observations:
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW spotted by Phil at the end of the day was best find
among the 49 species observed. Other highlights included a flock of 300
Common Grackles foraging in the far corner of the orchard, 7 White-crowned
Sparrows, 9 Lincoln's Sparrows, and 3 Indigo Buntings.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 208
Ring-billed Gull- 1
Blue Jay- 123
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 2
passerine sp.- 2

Monarch Butterfly- 11
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>)
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