Date: 11/17/17 2:03 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (17 Nov 2017) 11 Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 20 429
Osprey 0 0 131
Bald Eagle 0 14 96
Northern Harrier 1 12 53
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 79 866
Cooper's Hawk 0 15 129
Northern Goshawk 0 1 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 60 87
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 3842
Red-tailed Hawk 10 136 219
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 4 5
American Kestrel 0 0 242
Merlin 0 3 51
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 21
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 10
Unknown Buteo 0 5 21
Unknown Falcon 0 0 6
Unknown Eagle 0 0 2
Unknown Raptor 0 10 52

Total: 11 360 6269

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Ken Klapper

Observers: Dick & Marsha Haas, Pam Hunt

Ten - thanks to all for the company, questions, cookies, and sharing the

Overcast with strong winds (20-30mph, gusting to 40+) coming straight from
Mt. Kearsarge. The winds moderated a bit, and the sun came out by the
afternoon. Temps in the low to mid 30s.

Raptor Observations:
Red-tails trickled steadily through the day, with many low birds... but a
few surprisingly high in the gale-force winds. The harrier was a gray
ghost with a few brownish feathers that made for one beautiful raptor. It
flew right over the camel hump maples, low over the center of the north
orchard, buffeted by the winds the whole time. There were two non-migrant
Bald Eagles seen today, an immature giving a tantalizing Golden imitation,
and a spectacular adult cutting over the northeast corner of the orchard
and giving some of the best views of this species for the season.

Non-raptor Observations:
Five Canada Geese, five HOODED MERGANSER, two gull species (a Ring-billed
and a Herring), a Downy Woodpecker, two ravens, three crows, one robin,
five bluebirds, one starling, one junco, and 10 goldfinch.

A bit warmer and a whole lot less windy. Mostly cloudy with a SSE breeze.
A few raptors that were held back by today's wall of wind should push
Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>)
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