Date: 11/2/17 8:04 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (02 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 02, 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 2 9 2359
Bald Eagle 2 12 291
Northern Harrier 3 27 375
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 44 2033
Cooper's Hawk 20 48 1284
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2 20
Broad-winged Hawk 1 1 1194
Red-tailed Hawk 4 8 134
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 6 3321
Merlin 3 12 1360
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 772
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 19
Unknown Raptor 1 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 52 172 13193
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Winds were calm to light with a southerly component throughout the day.
Skies were mostly cloudy in the morning and mostly sunny in the afternoon.
Temperatures were in the high fifties to seventies.

Raptor Observations:
We observed some very interesting behavioral interactions today. Early this
morning, we heard frantic crow mobbing calls over by the east parking lot.
Katie went over to investigate, and we both watched a gang of American
Crows chasing a Great Horned Owl towards the campground. A few minutes
later, a Great Horned Owl (probably the same one) appeared with a Gray
Squirrel in tow. (Sorry, Harry; the scampermetric pressure must have been a
little off today.) A Cooper's Hawk began to chase and divebomb the owl as
it flew off into the woods behind the platform. Photos of this interaction
will be up on the CVWO blog:

http://coastalvirginiawildlifeobservatory.blogspot.com/

Hopefully the owl was eventually able to eat his breakfast in peace.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a massive Yellow-rumped Warbler flight this morning, likely
including thousands of birds. Other sightings included:

2 Horned Larks
1 Brown Creeper
1 Dickcissel

202 Monarchs
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Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484


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