Date: 10/7/17 4:07 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (07 Oct 2017) 34 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 07, 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 2 5 221
Bald Eagle 8 21 190
Northern Harrier 0 0 24
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 47 617
Cooper's Hawk 4 14 159
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 6 27
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 4 11 84
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 3
American Kestrel 2 4 109
Merlin 0 3 29
Peregrine Falcon 3 8 24
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 13
Unknown Buteo 0 1 9
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 3 20
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 34 141 23878
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Dave Hunter, William Leigh

Visitors:
Harold Jones, Kipperly Tidball, Lucy and Ben Whitmer, plus a few others.


Weather:
Very nice day with partly cloudy skies becoming mostly cloudy in the final
hour. Slight E breeze early shifting to moderate S winds after 11am.
17.4-25C temps. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Eight Bald Eagles: 9:20 1st-YR, 10:50 3 AD, 11:04 2nd-YR, 2:57 AD, 3:07 AD,
3:49 AD. Three adult Peregrine Falcons at 9:55, 11:04 (circling with BAEA
in same thermal), 12:30. Two late-day Kestrels between 2-3pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
16 Monarchs. 3 hot air balloons to the east early. First vulture not
observed until 8:45am. 15 Swift, 2 Red-headed Woodpecker, 17 Flicker. 52
Blue Jay.
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Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
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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