Date: 3/31/18 4:20 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County, Presque Isle Hawk Watch for March 31, 2018
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 31, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 4204 6125 6131
Osprey 2 2 2
Bald Eagle 16 31 31
Northern Harrier 1 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 16 16
Cooper's Hawk 2 7 8
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 50 123 123
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 52 157 158
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 26 30 30
Merlin 0 3 3
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 4365 6504 6512

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Ken Felix, Roger Donn, Sam Stull

Lots of help for most of the day as well as a few visitors. Ken Felix
assisted most of the day with help from Roger Donn, Julie Leonard, and Sam
Stull. Others helping to spot birds were an Amish group of 12 birders,
Bernie O'Connor, and Joao Taveres. Bonnie Ginader stopped by and thanks to
my wife Linda who brought me lunch.

Clear and cold early becoming cloud with light rain, but a nice strong SW
wind throughout the day made for a good flight.

Raptor Observations:
A slow start, but as the day progressed birds increased. There was a strong
push of TVs as expected breaking are all time daily record by 517 birds.
However, the hawk flight was still lower than expected. The vulture flight
was non-stop in the afternoon with no breaks in the flight. Birds stayed
close to the lake and were flying at all heights. Bald Eagles,
Red-shouldered Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks had a decent flight, but still
few sharpies and only one harrier.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a steady flight of blackbirds, mostly red-wings well into the
afternoon. There were two flocks of Rusty Blackbirds totaling about 70
birds. American Crows had a fairly steady flight as well. Other birds
recorded included: Canada Goose-14, Double-crested Cormorant-30,
Killdeer-4, Eastern Phoebe-1, Tree Swallow-4, Eastern Meadowlark-1

Partly cloudy and cold with WNW. Not likely to be much, especially after
today's movement.

Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
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