Date: 4/6/18 2:58 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (05 Apr 2018) 93 Raptors
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 12:49:54 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Plum Island MA (05 Apr 2018) 93 Raptors

Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 05, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 5 39 71
Osprey 0 1 2
Bald Eagle 0 2 2
Northern Harrier 27 37 42
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 54 93 112
Merlin 5 11 17
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 2 2

Total: 93 192 262

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson, Ted Mara

Observers: Bob Secatore, Craig Jackson, David Goodine, Doug Chickering,
John Cannizzaro, Judd Nathan, Paul Roberts, Tom Graham,
Tom Wetmore, Ursula Goodine

Many observers in the morning until 2 PM.

Very strong (5) west winds throughout watch. Temperature never got above
5°C. Cloud cover almost non-existent until the afternoon when it increased
from 10-30% by the end of the watch.

Raptor Observations:
Strong movement of both Northern Harriers and American Kestrels with small
numbers of Merlins (first two females this Spring) and Turkey Vultures --
93 raptors in total. Did not count late afternoon Merlin that after
appearing to be a migrant began soaring until out-of-sight without giving
indication of moving north. In addition to what seemed to be a local
Northern Harrier, both an immature and adult Bald Eagle were also noted
which appear to be local birds.
The vast majority of American Kestrels traveled beachside, and a large
majority of the Northern Harriers traveled marsh side. Of those Northern
Harriers that did travel up the beach all were male.

Non-raptor Observations:
An equal number (if not more) of blackbirds (predominantly grackles) seemed
to be moving south as were moving north.
Official observer from 8 AM to 2 PM was Ted Mara; from 2 - 4:30 PM official
observer was Craig Jackson

Winds 10-15 W favorable, cloudy in am, partly cloudy in pm
Report submitted by Ted Mara (<tedmara...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:

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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’s Lane (there is a traffic light at this
intersection). Take a left onto Rolfe’s 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
Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA.

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