Date: 9/28/18 6:52 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (28 Sep 2018) 1660 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 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 10 99 115
Bald Eagle 19 39 59
Northern Harrier 4 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 60 61
Cooper's Hawk 4 14 20
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 1609 4452 4477
Red-tailed Hawk 1 26 44
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 2 23 24
Merlin 1 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 1 7 7
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4
Mississippi Kite 0 2 2

Total: 1660 4753 4840
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Bob Epperson, Dan DeHart, David Kirk, King Irvin

Visitors:
Thanks to Tim and Sue for coming up mid afternoon and providing some great
spots of large kettles far out in the west valley and to Bob for using his
scope to get counts on those same birds. Our count definitely increased
greatly due to them. Also thanks to Don Aldridge, Phillip Ferguson and to
Ron and Thelma Kirkpatrick who came over from Blacksburg and spent a good
portion of the day with us. The Links from Chesterfield County also spent
a couple of hours with us as well as two ladies whose names I failed to get
(sorry). And hopefully we'll have a new, regular hawk watcher in Matt
Conner from Roanoke who stopped by and watched/chatted with us.


Weather:
Beautiful day on the mountain. Started a bit chilly at 20c but warmed to a
comfortable 28 with low humidity. Winds were a steady 2 beaufort but
varied in direction until the last couple of hours when it dropped to 1 and
then 0. Visibility was about as good as it gets, a solid 5 all day.

Raptor Observations:
All times, eastern standard time: First bird was a sharp shined at 9:30.
Adult bald eagles at 9:51, 9:52, 12:04 (X2), 12:08, 1:41, 2:35, 3:05 (X4)
and 3:20. Immature bald eagles at 3:13, 3:30, 4:00 and 4:05. Juvenile
bald eagles at 3:50, 3:52, 4:05.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of blue jays, swifts and quite a few monarchs observed. Parkway
traffic was fairly heavy and several groups of 2-4 AT hikers came through.

Predictions:
Looks like more of the same weather wise, hopefully more of the same count
wise.
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Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>)
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