Date: 4/6/18 5:33 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County, Presque Isle Hawk Watch for April 6, 2018
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 06, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1210 3996 10127
Osprey 1 3 5
Bald Eagle 2 5 36
Northern Harrier 1 1 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 19
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 8
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 5 128
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 16 174
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 1 31
Merlin 0 1 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1

Total: 1218 4031 10543
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 13:45:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Ken Felix

Visitors:
Ken Felix assisted with the count in the afternoon and Mark Lethaby stopped
by to show us a spotless Spotted Salamander and a Jefferson's Salamander.


Weather:
A mix of weather with snow in the morning then rain, then back to snow.
Occasional peeks of sun with a cold SW to WSW wind.

Raptor Observations:
Few hawks were cutting through the wintery conditions, but it didn't stop
vultures that passed through in unexpected good numbers. Over 400 vultures
were in the air at one time at the 1000 hour bird time ahead of a storm. I
took a short hour or so break during the passage of a rain storm.

Non-raptor Observations:
Quite a surprise was a Horned Grebe that made several passes high over the
hawk watch then attempted to land on the amusement park parking lot before
heading back out over the lake. Either this bird or another came back
later and repeated the same flight. Other birds on the move include; many
blackbirds, Canada Goose-10, Red-breasted Merganser-32, Bonaparte's
Gull-63, Common Loon-15, Great Blue Heron-1,American Crow-30,
Double-crested Cormorant-62

Predictions:
Mostly sunny and colder than today with NW wind. A flight along the lake
not likely.


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>
 
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