Date: 5/4/18 1:14 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Pilgrim Heights (03 May 2018) 72 Raptors

Date: Fri, 4 May 2018 11:43:17 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Pilgrim Heights (03 May 2018) 72 Raptors

Pilgrim Heights
North Truro, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 03, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 6 31 312
Osprey 2 16 37
Bald Eagle 1 3 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 12 34
Cooper's Hawk 3 8 19
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2 5
Broad-winged Hawk 35 46 63
Red-tailed Hawk 4 11 48
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 11 42 81
Merlin 1 6 12
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 7
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 2

Total: 72 182 634

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Donald Manchester


4 visitors

Light southwest winds persisted. Warm, with a hazy start, then skies
cleared toward last half of watch.

Raptor Observations:
11 species of raptors recorded. First day of solid day of Broad-winged

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Sandhill Cranes on dunes, flew north.
12+ Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers hanging out in shrubs close-by.
5 Eastern Kingbirds (first of season).

3 river otters
Report submitted by Melissa Lowe (<mlowe...>)
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Site Description:
The Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch is located in the town of North Truro, MA on
Cape Cod, approximately 100 miles southeast of Boston. The site is located
within the Cape Cod National Seashore and is the only formal site located
on Cape Cod. The site (elevation 50ft), is at the second or northernmost
overlook along an interpretive trail that runs through the area. The trail
is accessed only by foot but is open to the public. Currently the site is
used, with permission from the Cape Cod National Seashore, for the spring
migration, a 6-8 week period within the months of March through June.
Historically, the heaviest flights have occurred during the last week of
April and first week of May. At least 8 species are recorded as regular
migrants at the site. There is a large migratory movement of non-raptor
species including seabirds, gulls, ducks and passerines to name a few. The
site is also known for observing butterfly and dragonfly migrants. Whale
sightings off-shore are also common during these months. Muskrat, otter and
white-tailed deer are common residents.

Directions to site:
Pilgrim Heights is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore in North
Truro on the east side of Route 6, just north of the Truro and Provincetown
town line. Park in the first parking lot and take the Small's Swamp Trail
to the second overlook. It is an easy walk down the trail, approximately
one-half mile from parking lot.

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