Date: 8/31/18 5:50 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (31 Aug 2018) 7 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 16 16
Bald Eagle 3 20 20
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 2 25 25
Red-tailed Hawk 1 18 18
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 7 87 87
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Dan DeHart, Darryl Martin, King Irvin, Randy Doss

Visitors:
Also helping count were Phillip Ferguson, Bill and Katie Adams and Randy
Doss. Dave Bergouie who frequents the knob on his day hiking excursions
visited for a good while.


Weather:
Day started with the overlook completely socked in with fog that finally
lifted enough to see the western valley around 12:30. Warm day that had us
seeking shade with temps ranging from 23c to 29c.

Raptor Observations:
First bird of the day was a Cooper's hawk at 12:50 and the last bird an
immature bald eagle at approx. 3:30. Two more immatures at 2:12 and 2:37.
The final eagle had lit in the top of a pine tree just to the right of the
overlook and then flew into a tree below the overlook not to be seen again
for the rest of the watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
Dragonflies and gnats were plentiful at various points of the day as well a
several monarchs. Parkway traffic was fairly light for a holiday weekend
Friday and most passed the overlook without driving through. No AT hikers
today.

Predictions:
If you're early to the overlook on Saturday you may get a chance to see
that immature eagle take flight for the day. Weather looks to be more of
the same temperature wise.
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Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>)
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