Date: 10/27/17 4:32 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Oct 2017) 47 Raptors (NG, 7 NH)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 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 0 11 227
Bald Eagle 3 40 209
Northern Harrier 7 13 37
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 272 842
Cooper's Hawk 6 54 199
Northern Goshawk 1 3 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 12 33
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 8 52 125
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 3
American Kestrel 1 14 119
Merlin 4 14 40
Peregrine Falcon 1 18 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 16
Unknown Buteo 1 5 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 1 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 47 533 24270
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy, Mary & Daniel Mapel, Gillian Preston, Kathy Gilman
(Seattle, WA).


Weather:
A very pleasant day with mild SE breezes, 9.0-12.7C temp, and very clear
visibility. An entirely all blue sky for the whole day (so tough!).

Raptor Observations:
A good day with 10 raptor species and some great views of uncommon birds.
Most raptors were flying fairly low today. An awesome Northern Harrier day
with seven including four adult males. An immature Northern Goshawk flew
close and low down the east side of the gap at 8:52am. 3 Bald Eagles
(adults at 10:10 and 10:18 and one 3rd-YR at 4:14). A distant Eagle out to
the west at 2:52 was on edge and disappeared southward without presenting
any field marks so remained unidentified. We were able to squeeze out a
3-Falcon day with great views of all three species and a good count of 4
Merlins. The immature Peregrine (1:52pm) flew straight through the gap
below eye level! First Raptor: 8:48 NH, Last Raptor: 4:14 BE.

Non-raptor Observations:
Some interesting non-raptors today highlighted by a flock of 30 Rusty
Blackbirds flying through the gap this morning, and a Grasshopper Sparrow
down by the old ice skating rink. Other birds counted migrating over
included: 6 Wood Ducks, 13 DC Cormorants, 1 YB Sapsucker, 3 Flickers, 2 GC
Kinglets, 139 Waxwings, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Field Sparrow, 100 RW
Blackbirds, 25 Cowbirds, and 17 Goldfinches. 29 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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