Date: 11/7/17 3:44 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (07 Nov 2017) 97 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 9 17 426
Osprey 0 0 131
Bald Eagle 6 9 91
Northern Harrier 0 8 49
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 66 853
Cooper's Hawk 2 9 123
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 18 49 76
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 3842
Red-tailed Hawk 52 79 162
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 4 4 5
American Kestrel 0 0 242
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 21
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 10
Unknown Buteo 1 4 20
Unknown Falcon 0 0 6
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
Unknown Raptor 0 6 48

Total: 97 253 6162

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Phil Brown

There were 9 visitors today. Sending a big "thanks" to Ron, Emily, and Bill
for your help today!

Not many clouds to start the day, but by the afternoon, the forecasted
overcast was solidly in place and beginning to lower over the mountains.
There was just enough of a northwest wind to keep one's gloves handy and
scarf tucked tightly about one's neck to ward off the chill. The
temperature was stuck in the lower half of the 40s.

Raptor Observations:
At 9:04, a young Golden Eagle rose to the north, then streamed high over
Carter Hill. The next few hours saw Bald Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks
soaring by in ones and twos, with the occasional other raptor mixed in. At
12:10, Bill found another Golden Eagle off to the west, and just 20 minutes
later, 2 more goldens were spotted circling together in the distance beyond
the pines on the eastern side of the orchard. The rest of the day belonged
to the buteos, with mixed kettles of up to 8 red-taileds and
red-shouldereds forming in the dwindling thermals as the clouds rolled in.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two SANDHILL CRANES briefly shared a thermal with a Red-tailed Hawk out
towards the Contoocook.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 3
Mallard- 2
Common Merganser- 1
Common Loon- 1
Sandhill Crane- 2
Ring-billed Gull- 1
Blue Jay- 17
American Crow- 59
Horned Lark- 4
Snow Bunting- 1
American Robin- 27
Common Grackle- 7
American Goldfinch- 3

Monarch Butterfly- 1
butterfly sp.- 1

Another day of light north wind should make for another great day for
migrants! There won't be much by way of cloud cover, and the sun should
warm the air to around 50F. Come join us!
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>)
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