Date: 9/2/18 7:02 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (02 Sep 2018) 27 Raptors & Mississippi Kite!
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 02, 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 6 7 40
Bald Eagle 0 0 7
Northern Harrier 1 1 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 4
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 5
Broad-winged Hawk 13 13 139
Red-tailed Hawk 4 4 18
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 7
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 3
Mississippi Kite 1 1 2

Total: 27 28 234
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers: Allen Larner

Visitors:
Tom Ryan, Lacey/Jack/Phoebe Dean, Harry Vest


Weather:
Very nice day with moderate NW winds early switching to light SSE breeze by
2pm. 23.6-29.6C temp. Mostly sunny with good visibility.

Raptor Observations:
In Rose's words: Last bird today was super ... an adult Mississippi Kite at
3:56pm. It appeared from over Waynesboro to the west. I got it in the scope
when it was a bit distant beyond the cell tower. Watched it for more than
15 minutes. The last several minutes it was closer to the inn, at one point
over the lower parking area were the popcorn stand is. It came around to
the east side of the inn and went down the valley. Spent a good amount of
time catching insects, probably dragonflies. Great views. I feel lucky that
I was able to watch it for so long.

The first bird today was an adult male harrier at 8:58am. It did not fool
around; apppeared over the ridge and then quickly down Rockfish Valley.

Non-raptor Observations:
5 hummingbirds, 6 Monarchs
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Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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