Date: 5/1/18 5:50 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (01 May 2018) 184 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
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> Daily Raptor Counts: May 01, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 564
> Osprey 16 16 291
> Bald Eagle 0 0 75
> Northern Harrier 1 1 79
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 21 363
> Cooper's Hawk 4 4 73
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 77
> Broad-winged Hawk 118 118 1346
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 186
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 15 15 257
> Merlin 4 4 40
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 2
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 7
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 2 2 17
> Total: 184 184 3390
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> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 17:00:00
> Total observation time: 8.33 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Chuck Barnes, Dave Fensore
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> Visitors:
> 9 visitors
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> Weather:
> The day started out rather cool, but climbed into the high 50's by mid day. Winds were mostly light, and variable for most of the day, with the exception of the 2-3 EST hour, when winds picked up from the SE. Clouds remained scattered, with more clearing later in the day.
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> Raptor Observations:
> I was a little worried how the day would turn out, after only having one bird in the first hour. Things picked up and remained steady, with one small lull in the action. Birds were gaining quite a lot of elevation during the midday hours. 3 Eagles got into a tussle with a pair of Broad-wings, right around the summit, diving on one another and vocalizing. My day was finally completed after the official count period, when Dave Fensore spotted a Grey Ghost, an adult male Northern Harrier. Our only one of the day.
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> Non-raptor Observations:
> 32 Species were seen or heard today. Other species migrating north included: 131 Double-crested Cormorants 15 Tree Swallows 3 Barn Swallows 2 Common Loons 2 Great-blue Herons 1 Common Merganser
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> Predictions:
> Tomorrow is shaping up nicely. Temps in the high 70's, and possibly 80's will feel like an abrupt change. The best part however, may be the predicted SW winds for the entire day, at around 10-15 mph. Clouds could be hard to find, which also means more difficulty in spotting birds, but this is looking pretty good for a decent flight.
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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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