Date: 10/8/17 3:56 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (08 Oct 2017) 18 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 6 33 93
Osprey 1 8 121
Bald Eagle 0 12 55
Northern Harrier 2 6 26
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 78 377
Cooper's Hawk 1 11 64
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 14
Broad-winged Hawk 0 7 3839
Red-tailed Hawk 5 13 25
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 34 177
Merlin 0 2 26
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 8
Unknown Falcon 1 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
Unknown Raptor 0 1 28

Total: 18 213 4877
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Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter: Paul Bourgault

Observers:

Visitors:
Around 275, with people from Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut,
Rhode Island and Texas.


Weather:
Right after the first raptor was seen, the rain came. It poured until
around 11:00am, before the skies cleared. Shortly after, one by one, the
mountains emerged from the clouds, and a rainbow appeared to the north.

All morning long, a high layer of stratus clouds stayed dormant in the
skies, while much closer, low cirrus clouds sped by with the wind. The sun
came out around noon, and half of the sky was a solid blue for the
afternoon.


Raptor Observations:
Local Turkey Vultures were absent for the day, as only two non-migrants
were seen, darting northward, frolicking in the southernly winds. All five
Red-tailed hawks were seen at the same time, as they all mixed together,
and one by one fought their way south.


First raptor: Turkey Vulture @ 9:21am
Last raptor: Northern Harrier @ 3:27pm

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterfly, Cedar Waxwing, Blue Jay, Crow, Raven, and passerine
species.

Predictions:
Very wet.
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Report submitted by Paul Bourgault (<paulbourgault1...>)
Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=679


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