Date: 10/28/17 2:37 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Oct 2017) 58 Raptors - RL, GE, NG, BE
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 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 43 212
Northern Harrier 2 15 39
Sharp-shinned Hawk 30 302 872
Cooper's Hawk 5 59 204
Northern Goshawk 1 4 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 13 34
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 11 63 136
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 1
Golden Eagle 2 3 5
American Kestrel 0 14 119
Merlin 1 15 41
Peregrine Falcon 0 18 34
Unknown Accipiter 1 5 17
Unknown Buteo 0 5 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 58 591 24328
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers:

Visitors:
Betty Mooney, Matt Hosmer (Amherst Co.), Don Aldridge (Roanoke, VA), Diane
Lepkowski, Greg Moyer, Frand Clayton (Kentucky), Jennifer Jowdy, MJ
McMillan (MD).


Weather:
Nice fall day with 10.3-18.2C temps. Moderate S winds all day. Starting at
60% cloud cover increasing to 90% after 1pm. Very dark, grey clouds moving
in from the south filling the sky by 3pm. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Lots of highlights today! The biggest was a beautiful, light-phase
Rough-legged Hawk that gave everyone terrific views out to our west as it
circled a few times low over the 'plateau' and 'turtle' as it finally moved
south at 12:01pm. Although this bird was quite distant, Diane got a couple
of photos to document the identification. Another highlight was an
immature Northern Goshawk with a full crop that flew over at 2:05pm.
Finally, two immature Golden Eagles passed through at 11:09am and 1:23pm.
Three adult Bald Eagles (9:23, 1:42, 2:17).

Non-raptor Observations:
20 Monarchs. 95 American Robins.

Predictions:
Rain moving in tonight and throughout tomorrow morning.
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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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