Date: 9/21/18 2:45 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: [de-birds] Ashland Nature Center (21 Sep 2018) 27 Raptors
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 18 173 175
Bald Eagle 3 59 59
Northern Harrier 0 15 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 114 115
Cooper's Hawk 1 28 28
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 27 27
Broad-winged Hawk 1 190 190
Red-tailed Hawk 0 14 15
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 122 122
Merlin 0 23 23
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 4 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 27 779 784

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: David Brown

Observers: Dirk Robinson, Gwen Moore, Jim Lewis, Kim Steininger,
Sally O'Byrne, Sue McLaughlin

20: Gwen Moore from Colorado, Carla, Robert Young, Karen Barker, Ian
Stewart and Osher group, Joanna from Mississippi

Overcast with moderate south winds.

Raptor Observations:
A good osprey flight with a total of 18 but otherwise very slow including
only 1 broad-winged hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lesser yellowlegs, 11 monarchs

Partly cloudy. Cooler with a high around 73F. Winds N@8 gusting 14.

Conditions are looking excellent for overall raptor migration.

Will this be the big broad-winged hawk flight? Here are some details to
keep in mind. We still haven't had any serious broad-wing numbers so
hopefully there are large numbers still north of us. The overall timing is
very similar to last season when the big day was 23 Sep. Broad-winged hawk
migration was nonexistent today due to strong south winds. From the day
before there seem to be some broad-wings in the region but not enormous
numbers. Could this mean that we won't see a huge morning liftoff but
rather a push later in the day?

The winds will be strong. How will this affect the formation of thermals
and the ability for broad-wings to form kettles? After tomorrow the weather
isn't looking very good for at least a few days.

In summary, tomorrow seems to be the best shot we will have at a big
broad-winged hawk flight and it will be a great day for hawk migration in
general, so it will be worth it to come out and hope for the best.

Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>)
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