Date: 4/12/18 4:56 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (12 Apr 2018) 117 Raptors

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> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
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> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 2 358 562
> Osprey 32 75 75
> Bald Eagle 0 15 70
> Northern Harrier 11 28 31
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 30 79 100
> Cooper's Hawk 6 18 39
> Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 3 19 65
> Broad-winged Hawk 5 5 5
> Red-tailed Hawk 5 59 162
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 18 27 36
> Merlin 2 13 16
> Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
> Unknown Accipiter 1 2 3
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 1 2 4
> Total: 117 703 1175
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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: Dave Fensore, Dave Gulick, Derek Lovitch, Don Thompson, Linda Hartzell, Mathew Gilbert, Rick Hartzell
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> Visitors:
> 25 people stopped by the hawkwatch today, 18 of whom were students and teachers from the Standish Baptist Academy, interested in what we were searching for.
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> Weather:
> There was a brief taste of the warm spring weather I have been hoping for recently. The morning was calm and warm for a couple of hours. It wasn't long before the winds kicked up, from the SE, and brought in some cool ocean air. Wind speeds were significant at times. Clouds increased steadily during the day, out ahead of some rainfall which should pass by tonight. Air temps climbed to a high of about 51 degrees.
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> Raptor Observations:
> It was a good day for raptors, especially from a diversity standpoint. We had a couple of firsts for the season, including a Peregrine and a few Broad-wings. Birds were spotted in all directions today, but many of them passed by the summit at close range, rewarding the onlookers with their aerial prowess.
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> Non-raptor Observations:
> A few new species showed up at the mountain today including the first Pine Warbler and Double-crested Cormorants. A pair of courting Ravens, flying in tandem, was fun to watch this morning.At the end of the day, I spotted a whirlpool of 9 Great Blue Herons, all circling, beak to feet, like a game of musical chairs in the sky. The music being the howling wind. I don't have a whimsical metaphor for the chairs. Species deemed migrating north include: 193 Blackbird Spp. 20 Tree Swallows 20 Great Blue Herons 18 Canada Geese 5 Common Mergansers 4 Double-crested Cormorants 2 Eastern Bluebirds 2 Duck Spp. 1 American Robin 1 Purple Finch
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> Predictions:
> Well, good and, not so good news. To quote the National Weather Service, tomorrow "will likely be the last warm-ish day in a while, with highs in the 50's and 60's." Winds should be relatively mild, from the SW, which typically produces the best flights, as this provides a nice tailwind for migrants, helping them to conserve energy. Sky cover should be increasing as the day progresses. Out of the next few days, tomorrow could be the best of the bunch.
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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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