Date: 5/8/18 4:44 pm
From: 'Derek Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (08 May 2018) 23 Raptors

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> Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
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> Daily Raptor Counts: May 08, 2018
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 564
> Osprey 0 47 322
> Bald Eagle 0 1 76
> Northern Harrier 0 4 82
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 121 463
> Cooper's Hawk 0 6 75
> Northern Goshawk 0 2 8
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 78
> Broad-winged Hawk 13 371 1599
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 189
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 5 72 314
> Merlin 1 14 50
> 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 1 10 25
> Total: 23 659 3865
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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, Tom Downing
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> Visitors:
> Only 16 visitors stopped by, on this beautiful blue sky day.
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> Weather:
> Dense fog cleared out just in time to start the watch today. Visibility was pretty good, right up until the final hour, when a dark fog bank developed offshore and began to devour some of our landmarks. Wind from the S and SSE increased in intensity throughout the day, with some strong gusts. There wasn't much time spent more than an arms length away from the tripod. The onshore breeze brought in some cool air, but with the plentiful sunshine and the heat radiating off the granite face, it was quite pleasant for most of the day.
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> Raptor Observations:
> We're just now beginning to see some immature Broad-winged Hawks passing by the mountain. One young bird today, came by with a very full crop, having just packed away a nice snack. Mid morning, while there were some onlookers present, a mature Bald Eagle came in from the east, at eye level, and not much further out than people were seated, and glided right by, every detail visible due to the close proximity of the bird.
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> Non-raptor Observations:
> Another quiet day for non raptors. I did hear our first Black-throated Blue Warbler of the season. Other birds deemed migrating included: 64 Double-crested Cormorants 9 Tree Swallows 7 Barn Swallows 3 Chimney Swifts 2 Common Loons
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> Predictions:
> More high pressure is in store for tomorrow, which should mean more clear skies, and abundant sun. Any morning fog should burn off quickly. Winds should be light, but a sea breeze is expected. Winds may start out from the N, and slowly shift to the E and SE. Temps should climb into the low 60's.
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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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