Date: 3/31/18 7:20 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (31 Mar 2018) 70 Raptors
Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 31, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 32 32 32
Osprey 1 1 1
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 5 5 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 5 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 19 19 19
Merlin 6 6 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 70 70 70

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Ted Mara

Observers: Bob Secatore, Craig Jackson, Harry Wales, Herrrick Wales,
John Cannizzaro, Judd Nathan, Kathryn Chihowski,
Mark Schoene, Nathan Dubrow, Paul Roberts, Tom Graham,
Tom Wetmore

Compilers: Mark Schoene, Ted Mara
Primary Observers: Brian Rusnica, Harry Wales, Nathan Dubrow, Paul Roberts,
Ted Mara
Other Observers: Bob Secatore, Craig Jackson, Jake Miller, Judd Nathan,
Kathryn Chihowski, Mark Schoene, Tom Graham, Tom Westmore
Visitors: Dahlia Miier, Doug Chickering, Julie and Laura Roberts, Janet
Kovner, Lucas Miller, Mardi Chalmers, Mary Margret HalseyBE 1,

5-12 mph, NW-E, 5-13c, clear, 20k visibilit

Raptor Observations:
Non migrating raptors: BE 1, NH 2, PG 1, RL 1, RT 2, SNOW 1

Non-raptor Observations:
Migrating non raptors: 115 gulls(sp), Glossy Ibis 1, great Blue Herons 5,
Kildeer 2, Tree Swallows 26, yellow rump Warbler 1
Great first day for migration. Mark Schoene spot checked 3/15/18 thru
3/30/18 and had no migrating raptors. Kestrel flight excellent until noon
east wind knocked it inland.

Very favorable, SW winds 10-20mph
Report submitted by Ted Mara (<tedmara...>)
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Site Description:
The Plum Island Hawk Watch is located in parking lot #1 of the Parker River
Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA, approximately 32 miles
northeast of Boston. It is a volunteer-run spring watchsite with coverage
between mid March to mid May.

Directions to site:
>From Interstate 95 take exit 57 for Route 113, (Newburyport). Travel east
on Rte 113 (which becomes Route 1A in Newbury) for a distance of 3.5 miles
to the intersection with Rolfe~Rs Lane (there is a traffic light at this
intersection). Take a left onto Rolfe~Rs Lane and follow to the end of the
road which terminates at a stop sign. Take a right at the stop sign. This
is the Plum Island Turnpike/Water Street, the only access to Plum Island.
Follow the Plum Island Turnpike until you go over the Sgt. Donald Wilkerson
Bridge. After you have crossed the Bridge, take your first right. This road
will lead you directly to the entrance to Parker River National Wildlife
Refuge. The hawkwatch site is Parking Lot #1 of the Parker River National
Wildlifee Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA.

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