Date: 11/12/17 12:39 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 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 19 240
Northern Harrier 1 4 44
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 55 973
Cooper's Hawk 0 13 231
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 6 27 64
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 5 67 239
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 1 10 20
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 19
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 15 203 24652
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Diane Lepkowski, William Leigh

Weather:
Overcast all day. Light NW breeze early switching to SE at noon. 7-10.7C.
Good visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Two Bald Eagles: 10:01 adult, 12:30 2nd-YR. An immature Golden Eagle was
spotted nearly 4 miles out to our NE, and we proceeded to watch with our
scopes as it slowly made its way toward us, sometimes dropping below eye
level. At a distance the white base of tail and white spots on the
underside of wings were apparent, but it often looked like it had a white
head! As it got close and flying directly toward us we could then see that
it had a bright, golden nape that really stood out quite brightly.
Eventually it flew in close and right over the Inn and down the SE side of
the mountain.

Non-raptor Observations:
Orange-crowned Warbler, DC Cormorant, Wood Duck, Ring-billed Gull, 3 Raven,
235 Robin, 108 Waxwing, 54 Red-winged Blackbird, 11 Rusty Blackbird
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Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
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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