Date: 4/2/18 3:58 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (02 Apr 2018) 56 Raptors

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> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
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> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 02, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 47 311 515
> Osprey 1 3 3
> Bald Eagle 2 2 57
> Northern Harrier 1 2 5
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 22 43
> Cooper's Hawk 2 3 24
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 11 57
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 33 136
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 3 12
> Merlin 1 3 6
> 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: 56 393 865
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> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Rick Hartzell, Susan Rowe
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> Visitors:
> 15 people visited the hawkwatch today. Thanks to those who put up with the poor conditions, in search of birds.
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> Weather:
> My weather predictions for today were not entirely accurate. It was a cold, overcast, and calm start to the day. It wasn't long however, before the snow started to fly. Westerly winds quickly shifted to SE which drove the snow, which had been tracking offshore, up the face of the mountain. There was no accumulation, as the snow melted on contact with the ground. Snow flurries persisted for half of the day, reducing visibility to less than a half mile at times. Late afternoon saw a few breaks of sun and much better visibility. Temperatures hovered in the mid to low 30's.
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> Raptor Observations:
> Turkey Vultures picked up where yesterday left off, with a large group of about 35 birds moving in unison during the first hour. While the snow was flying, visibility still poor, and not expecting much action, I was startled by a Bald Eagle flyby. Like Maverick and Goose from Top Gun, the Eagle appeared, unannounced,from behind the trees to my right, and ripped past my head. Maybe the closest Iv'e been to an Eagle at this site. Soon after the Eagle, an adult male Harrier, took a similar flight line, albeit slightly slower.
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> Non-raptor Observations:
> As conditions were improving in the afternoon, a group of six Great Blue Herons were seen flying together, having what appeared to be some navigation difficulties.
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> Predictions:
> Tomorrow looks like another cloudy day. Temps should reach the high 30's. Winds may be coming from due south for much of the day, with a slight shift to southeast in the afternoon. With southerly winds and some precipitation predicted for Tuesday evening, there could be some birds out ahead of the front.
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> 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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