Date: 9/28/18 5:37 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (26 Sep 2018) 6 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 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 0 7 7
Northern Harrier 1 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 16 16
Cooper's Hawk 0 12 12
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 2 4603 4603
Red-tailed Hawk 2 13 13
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 1 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 3

Total: 6 4690 4690
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: David Lugo/Ron Harrington

Observers: Jonathan Lugo, Sam Evans

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Cloudy skies until 2:00. A rain shower came through around 10:30, but
didn't last long, and by 2:00 it was mostly cloudy to partly sunny. Wind
out of the South/southeast varying from a gentle breeze (8-12 mph) to a
moderate breeze(13-18 mph). Temperature upper 60s to low 70s F. Skies
became mostly clear by the time we left (4:00 EST). Visibility was 10 miles
or so but varied, especially on the NW side of the mountain.

Raptor Observations:
It was a slow day. The Broad-winged hawks came by around 9:30 on the E/SE
side of the mountain, riding the breeze, and seeming to struggle with the
flying conditions. Some local Red-tailed hawks were about, but we did have
a couple that appeared to be migrating. Turkey vultures finally got up in
the 2:00 hour. The Northern Harrier came by at eye level and was easily
riding the moderate breeze. A local Cooper's hawk was hanging around, and
one was harassing one of the Broad-wings.

Non-raptor Observations:
Dark-eyed Juncos,Red-headed WP, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo,
and two American Red-starts.

Predictions:
Rain, heavy at times. Very poor flying conditions.
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Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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