Date: 5/6/18 4:15 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (06 May 2018) 14 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: May 06, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 564
> Osprey 1 38 313
> Bald Eagle 0 1 76
> Northern Harrier 0 4 82
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 117 459
> Cooper's Hawk 0 6 75
> Northern Goshawk 0 2 8
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 78
> Broad-winged Hawk 1 352 1580
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 189
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 67 309
> Merlin 2 11 47
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 3
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 8
> Unknown Buteo 0 2 8
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 9 24
> Total: 14 618 3824
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>
> Observation start time: 07:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 8.33 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Dave Fensore, Derek Lovitch
>
>
>
> Visitors:
> Possibly due to the weather, this was a rather quite Sunday for early May. Only 39 people visited the hawkwatch today, and not many more passers by.
>
> Weather:
> It was a very calm day on the mountain, with a very light, occasional breeze, from the SW. Temperatures climbed into the mid 60's, and with the addition of some humid air, it was quite comfortable. The skies remained cloudy for the entire day, and by noon time a few rain drops began to fall. The heavier rain remained to the south, but for the rest of the count period there was a steady drizzle. Visibility was good, with the exception of the last 90 minutes or so, when more rain pushed a little closer, and reduced the view by a couple of miles.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> The majority of birds came through during the first half of the day, ahead of the rain. I was hoping the SW wind would encourage a few more birds to take flight. Even local birds weren't as active today. The local Coop was spotted, displaying for a few brief moments. One Merlin popped up out of the trees right in front of the mountain, which was the highlight of the day.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Very few other species were on the move this morning. Only thirty species were seen or heard, and unfortunately I couldn't find any new species for the season, from the summit that is.
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> Predictions:
> Tomorrow should be a little bit brighter, but temps may be a little lower, in the high 50's to low 60's. Winds are predicted to be From the NNE at about 12mph in the morning and slowly tapering down as the day progresses. With only two Mondays left in the season, I hope Derek and Jeannette get to see some birds moving by, or one cool rarity.
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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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