Date: 11/1/17 5:01 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (31 Oct 2017) 17 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 3 338 398
Osprey 0 18 131
Bald Eagle 1 39 82
Northern Harrier 0 20 40
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 486 785
Cooper's Hawk 0 60 113
Northern Goshawk 1 5 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 18 27
Broad-winged Hawk 0 10 3842
Red-tailed Hawk 8 69 81
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 96 239
Merlin 0 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 0 14 41

Total: 17 1215 5879
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: David Fenton, Sandra Fenton, Steven Whitney

Visitors:
17, including a fawn...


Weather:
Halloween's weather was a study in fickleness with a sky that went from
clear to overcast to nearly clear again. The wind was out of the west, at
times shifting a few points to the south and blowing from 5-145mph. By the
end of the day, viewing conditions had improved to the point there you
could see snow at the top of the highest peaks in Franconia Notch.

Raptor Observations:
Quiet skies for much of the day, though the local Red-tailed Hawks and
Turkey Vultures did their best to ensure there was always something to look
at. A juvenile Northern Goshawk circled in from the east before slipping
out of site behind the house, never to reappear.

Non-raptor Observations:
A juvenile and two adult swans were making their way south along the
Contoocook this morning, a bit too far to confirm if they were mutes or
tundras. The flock of Brants worked their way over and flew directly over
Carter Hill, close enough to make out the snowy collars of the adults.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 19
Brant- 12
swan sp.- 3
Ring-billed Gull- 1
Herring Gull- 1
Blue Jay- 4
American Crow- 19
American Robin- 7
Pine Siskin- 3
passerine sp.- 14

Predictions:
After a frosty start, the temperature is expected to rise well into the
50s.There will be increasing cloud cover ahead of a warm front that is set
to cross the region overnight. The wind will be out of the SSW at 0-5mph,
light enough to not be an issue for migrants.
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Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>)
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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