Date: 9/23/18 5:44 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (23 Sep 2018) 366 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 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 1 16 16
Bald Eagle 0 5 5
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 11 11
Cooper's Hawk 3 10 10
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 360 4542 4542
Red-tailed Hawk 1 11 11
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 8 8
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 366 4613 4613
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Jennifer Meade

Observers: Kevin Pierce, Marian Finucane, Michael Ripper,
Ronnie Vickers

Visitors:
All visitors assisted in looking for hawks:
Beth and Mike Rutherford (150 min each); Judy and Ronnie Vicars (150 min
each); Michael and Quinn Ripper (135 min each); Meg Short (75 min); Kevin
and Josh Pierce (60 min each); and Marian Finucane (120 min).


Weather:
8 am—12 mph wind E, 71F temp, 96% humidity, 30.07 pressure, mostly cloudy
with low-lying scattered valley fog which was pushed by winds across Clinch
Mt from Mendota side to Moccasin side by 9 am
9 am-1 mph wind NE, 71F temp, 96% humidity, 30.08 pressure, mostly cloudy
with broken areas of sky
11 am- 2 mph wind E, 72F temp, 94% humidity, 30.08 pressure, mostly cloudy
with broken areas of sky
1 pm- 5 mph wind WSW, 86F temp, 64% humidity, 30.06 pressure, thickening of
clouds, no shadows from sun, hardly any broken areas of sky
2 pm- 6 mph wind W, 86F temp, 62% humidity, 30.04 pressure, mostly cloudy


Raptor Observations:
8-9am: BW—0,
9-10am: BW-39, -- birds below, at, and barely above eye level (first
observed BW 10 Mendota side)
10-11: BW-85,
11-12: BW-85, Cooper-3,
12-1: BW-104 BWs were on both sides of mountain, near the limit of unaided
vision, some requiring binoculars.Some were low, just above eye level
1-2 pm: BW-45, 1 red tail- it kited for several seconds before going west-
spectacular show!, sharp shin-1,
2-3 pm: BW-2, Osprey-1. By 2 the birds were well below eye level
3-4 pm: No birds were seen


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterflies: 22

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. More hawks are in the "pipeline"
and should be moving if at all possible.
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Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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