Date: 10/29/17 7:22 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (28 Oct 2017) 28 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 6 335 395
Osprey 0 18 131
Bald Eagle 1 38 81
Northern Harrier 0 20 40
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 482 781
Cooper's Hawk 0 60 113
Northern Goshawk 0 4 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 18 27
Broad-winged Hawk 0 10 3842
Red-tailed Hawk 1 61 73
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 96 239
Merlin 1 23 47
Peregrine Falcon 0 9 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 10
Unknown Buteo 0 1 9
Unknown Falcon 0 3 6
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
Unknown Raptor 1 14 41

Total: 28 1198 5862

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Ken Klapper

Observers: Dave Howe, Kathy Bennett, Mark Suomala, Pam Hunt

Two-hundred and twenty-one, including several escapees from the Garden

Carter Hill was an island paradise overlooking a sea of fog in the morning.
The peaks of Kearsarge and Ragged Mountains helped us form a little
archipelago. The mist stubbornly clung to the valleys for a few hours,
gradually lifting as a paisley of cirrus clouds slowly covered us. A SE
wind began almost imperceptably in the morning, but steadily increased in
the afternoon. Temperatures started chilly (upper-30s) and climbed to the
comfortable mid-60s.

Raptor Observations:
An OK push of seven species, dominated by sharpies. The fog seemed to hold
raptors back in the morning, and the SE winds convinced migrants to throw
on their air-brakes in the afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Sparrows and Myrtle Warblers are gradually diminishing, but still rule the
field edges. At one point in the afternoon a big group (a mass murder?) of
about 150 American Crows flew over, darkening the skies for a bit. Nine
Mallards, 10 Canada Geese, a Ring-billed and a Herring Gull, four
Bluebirds, 20 Cedar Waxwings, 10 Red-winged Blackbirds, and five woodpecker
species (the expected ones) were also seen or heard. Three Monarchs made a
southward move in the morning.

A Cloud Dragon provided an exotic but welcome backdrop for one of four
(plus?) local or non-migrant Bald Eagles seen today (you had to be there).

An approaching nor'easter will bring low clouds and showers in the morning,
becoming a steadier rain in the afternoon, and finally intense rain and
wind overnight. It does not look like a good day for raptors or their

Go Pats!
Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>)
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