Date: 4/14/18 3:00 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island MA (13 Apr 2018) 26 Raptors
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:13:35 -0800

From: <reports...>
Subject: Plum Island MA (13 Apr 2018) 26 Raptors


Plum Island MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 69 101
Osprey 0 3 4
Bald Eagle 0 3 3
Northern Harrier 2 70 75
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 4
Cooper's Hawk 1 4 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 20 144 163
Merlin 1 21 27
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 3 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 26 327 397
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Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Craig Jackson

Observers: Bob Secatore, Colleen Tank, Judd Nathan, Mark Schoene,
Paul Roberts, Tom Wetmore, Ursula Goodine

Visitors:
Observers during the day: Paul and Julie Roberts; Colleen Tank; Mark
Schoene; Tom Wetmore; David and Ursula Goodine; Judd Nathan; Tom Graham;
and Bob Secatore


Weather:
Light west to northwest winds until winds shifted toward east at 11 AM;
temperature -- 10-15-14°C; cloud cover 20-100%

Raptor Observations:
Minor movement of raptors -- 10-15 Turkey Vultures not counted as migrants,
but very well could have been
Two ospreys on nest platform and male Northern Harrier seen near dunes at
end of watch, but not seen migrating

Non-raptor Observations:
Migrating: 45 Double-crested Cormorants; 1 Great Blue Heron; about 70 Tree
Swallows; 3 Barn Swallows; 9 Northern Flickers; and 2 Goldfinch
Non-migrating: 3 Eastern Phoebes; 1 Fish Crow; 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets; 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet; 6 Savannah Sparrows; 2 Tree Sparrows; and 1 Dark-eyed
Junco

Predictions:
rain predicted; next probable good day would be next Tuesday
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Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=115

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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