Date: 11/6/17 2:04 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2017) 40 Raptors & large non-raptor flight
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 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 2 6 227
Northern Harrier 2 3 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 55 973
Cooper's Hawk 5 12 230
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 4 41
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 6 20 192
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 10
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 1 2 50
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: 40 104 24553
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Mary Mapel, Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Very interesting and constantly changing weather today! A beautiful fog
ocean on the east side of the gap this morning but the gap itself and the
entire west side were clear. Drizzles between 9-10am. Hazy early becoming
very clear this afternoon. Light SW Breezes early with moderate West Winds
after 11am. Varying 20-95% cloud cover throughout the day with all
different types of clouds. Warm (17.1-19.8C).

Raptor Observations:
Slow but steady with flight dominated by SS. Almost all birds were flying
fast and low down the east side of the gap. Several highlight birds all
gave great views today: two Bald Eagles (12:24 adult and 1:39 3rd-YR), two
Harriers (9:15 IMM and 10:12 adult female), and one Merlin (3:28). First
Raptor: 9:15 NH, Last Raptor: 3:52 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
A big non-raptor flight today including: 1 Common Loon, 45 DC Cormorants (a
single bird & flock of 44), 1 Flicker, 193 Fish Crows, 1 Horned Lark, 2 GC
Kinglets, 4 Bluebirds, 2,330 Robins, 890 Waxwings, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler,
418 RW Blackbirds, 1 Rusty Blackbird, 29 Grackles, 1 Pine Siskin, 73
Goldfinches, and 8 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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