Date: 9/8/18 5:20 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (08 Sep 2018) 107 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 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 59 273 281
Bald Eagle 1 21 21
Northern Harrier 3 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 14 14
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 4 5
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 36 78 79
Merlin 5 9 9
Peregrine Falcon 2 6 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 107 422 434
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Visitors:



Weather:
Winds were generally light and variable, becoming more moderate and
easterly in the later afternoon. Skies were partly to mostly cloudy, with
temperatures in the mid seventies to mid eighties. The afternoon cooled
off, with thunderstorms nearby but no precipitation over the platform.
There was a spectacular show of cumulonimbus clouds this afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent flight today in comparison to the past few days. Osprey
movement was very concentrated, mainly occurring in the late morning hours.
Kestrels were mainly flying in the later afternoon; as always, it was nice
to watch their spunky acrobatics as they dove through the sky chasing each
other and attacking dragonflies. As Harry would say, "pugnacious!" There
was a nice little burst of kestrels that may have been brought on by nearby
thunderstorms.

Non-raptor Observations:
The non-raptor highlight of the day was a flock of 15 Black-bellied Plovers
and one Whimbrel flying together, right over the platform. Other
observations included:

26 Killdeer (all flying north)
4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
1 Caspian Tern

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Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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