Date: 11/3/17 3:05 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Nov 2017) 33 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 03, 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 0 227
Bald Eagle 1 4 225
Northern Harrier 1 1 41
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 32 950
Cooper's Hawk 4 7 225
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 40
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 9 14 186
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 10
American Kestrel 1 1 120
Merlin 1 1 49
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 18
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 33 64 24513
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Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Dave Shoch

Visitors:
Andy Fayer (coordinator of the Militia Hill Hawk Watch near Philadelphia,
PA), Jennifer Jowdy, Nelson Lewis


Weather:
A very nice day! Fairly strong WNW Winds, extremely warm (17.3-22.7C),
mostly sunny early then mostly cloudy (85% cloud cover) after 11am. Clear
visibility with some distant haze. Some rain showers visible over the
valley to the west but no precipitation at the watch.

Raptor Observations:
Slow but steady throughout the day. Many, many Red-tails (way more than
usual!) visible all day long but very few in migrating mode. A Kestrel
scooted down the east side of the gap this morning and a Merlin gave nice,
long looks as it slowly made its way southward with lots of circling at
1:15pm. Immature Harrier at 11:15 and adult Bald Eagle at 3:54. First
Raptor: 9:26 SS, Last Raptor: 4:07 RT (x2)

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Ring-billed Gull, 96 Crows, 435 Waxwings, 175 RW Blackbirds, 1 Cowbird,
14 Goldfinches, and 7 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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