Date: 11/19/17 5:51 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Carter Hill Observatory (18 Nov 2017) Raptors
Carter Hill Observatory
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 20 429
Osprey 0 0 131
Bald Eagle 0 14 96
Northern Harrier 0 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 0 136 219
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: 0 360 6269

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Ken Klapper

Observers: Betsy Chadwick, Crawford Lyons, Mark Suomala, Pam Hunt

Twelve - thank you everyone who visited today!

A partly cloudy and fair (for late November) morning offered the potential
for a good migration day - unfortunately thick clouds soon blocked the sun
from warming the earth, and a gradually increasing SE wind seemed to halt
nearly all raptor activity in the area. Temps ranged from near freezing to
the high 30s. However, visibility was good and views of the snowcapped
peaks were breathtaking!

Raptor Observations:
One local adult Bald Eagle skimmed the treeline (and below) east of us,
making a beeline for Long Pond.

Non-raptor Observations:
Thirty-two Canada Geese, one Common Merganser, five Ring-billed Gulls, a
Downy and a Hairy Woodpecker, several Blue Jays, 34 crows, a raven, a
chickadee, 54 robins, five bluebirds, 18 Cedar Waxwings, nine starlings,
four Song Sparrows, five juncos, a Snow Bunting, a pair of cardinals, and a
House Sparrow. The big mover today were goldfinch - 162 were seen. Mark
Suomala also saw a Chipmunk - it will be interesting to see how late they
remain active.

Rain in the morning, clearing by noon. But the west winds will be oh so
powerful (20-30+ mph). Still, there should be more birds moving than today
(we had ten Red-tails and a harrier in similar conditions the other day -
and Pack had a Golden Eagle... of course the wind was NW). I'm game if you
Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>)
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