Date: 5/30/18 1:37 pm
From: Jerry McWilliams <0000001b5c226889-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Erie County, Presque Isle Hawk Watch for May 30, 2018
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 30, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 54 1412 15321
Osprey 4 20 99
Bald Eagle 14 90 174
Northern Harrier 0 10 81
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 69 654
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 16
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 135
Broad-winged Hawk 14 622 2892
Red-tailed Hawk 4 42 383
Rough-legged Hawk 0 2 2
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 17 310
Merlin 0 1 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 8 11

Total: 91 2298 20105
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams

Observers:

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Mostly clear early becoming variably cloudy with a steady strong wind from
the SE early becoming more southerly later. Quite warm with the temps.
reaching the mid- to upper 80s F.

Raptor Observations:
Nothing the first hour than a few birds started flying with peak movement
of birds between 0900 and 1100 hrs. EST. There was a nice flight of Bald
eagles mostly in the three to four year age group. All but one BW were
immatures. Birds stayed fairly low and close to the lake shore, though
most were not in a hurry to move through. The flight shut down when the
clouds thickened with no raptors seen during the final 30 minutes of the
watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
Highlight was a high flying Sandhill Crane that was Highlight was a
Sandhill Crane circling high heading NE then circling back and
disappearing. Other birds on the move included:
Eastern Bluebird--1
Blue Jay--6
Indigo Bunting--2
Cedar Waxwing--27
Ruby-throated Himmingbird-1
Unidentified Passerines--35 Perhaps American Pipits, since we get a late
flight of them around this time of year.

Predictions:
SSW winds holds promise for maybe more birds if the thunderstorms hold off
until the afternoon.


Jerry McWilliams
Erie, Erie County, Pa.
<jerrymcw...>
 
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