Date: 4/1/18 5:26 pm From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: Fwd: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (01 Apr 2018) 337 Raptors
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> Bradbury Mountain State Park
>> Pownal, Maine, USA
>> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2018
>> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
>> Black Vulture 0 0 0
>> Turkey Vulture 264 264 468
>> Osprey 2 2 2
>> Bald Eagle 0 0 55
>> Northern Harrier 1 1 4
>> Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 21 42
>> Cooper's Hawk 1 1 22
>> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
>> Red-shouldered Hawk 10 10 56
>> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
>> Red-tailed Hawk 33 33 136
>> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
>> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
>> American Kestrel 3 3 12
>> Merlin 2 2 5
>> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
>> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
>> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
>> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
>> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
>> Unknown Raptor 0 0 2
>> Total: 337 337 809
>> Observation start time: 07:00:00
>> Observation end time: 16:00:00
>> Total observation time: 8.08 hours
>> Official Counter Zane Baker
>> Observers: Derek Lovitch, Jeannette Lovitch
>> 50 people came by the hawkwatch.
>> Winds were a little stiff today, but thankfully they were coming from the south and west and not terribly cool. Temperatures climbed from the low 40's to the mid 50's. An overcast sky gave way to abundant sun for the last couple of hours in the count. Visibility was very good today.
>> Raptor Observations:
>> What an awesome day of counting raptors. The day started off strong with some large movements of Turkey Vultures, most of which were spotted through the scope, far to the southeast. Each hour, with the exception of 4 o'clock to 5 o'clock, saw pretty steady numbers of birds moving north. Our first Ospreys of the season were spotted today. There weren't a lot of birds close to the summit. The westerly winds helped to keep birds at a, less than desirable viewing distance.
>> Non-raptor Observations:
>> The surrounding trees remained fairly quiet today. There was a good flight of passerines during the morning. More flocks of blackbirds continue to move through the area, along with Canada Geese and American Robins. During mid morning, off to the east, a group of 29 Snow Geese were spotted slowly making their way south, tracing the lay of the land and fighting against the wind. There were a couple other first of season arrivals, including an Eastern Phoebe and Belted Kingfisher. A few Tree Swallows were spotted reversing their migration route.
>> Cloud cover in the morning should be moving out during the day. Temps will probably be a little lower than today, in the low to mid 40's. Wind direction doesn't look great for migration, but wind speed should remain relatively light at about 10 mph. Winds may shift early, from north to mostly southeast, possibly pushing birds inland before reaching the mountain.
>> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
>> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/bradbury-mountain-hawkwatch
>> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month Summary]
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