Date: 9/29/18 5:34 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Candler Mountain (29 Sep 2018) 3604 Raptors
Candler Mountain
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 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 5 60 60
Bald Eagle 2 29 29
Northern Harrier 1 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 38 38
Cooper's Hawk 2 7 7
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 3578 8398 8398
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 10 33 33
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 3604 8580 8580
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Gene Sattler

Observers: Bob Epperson, Mark Johnson, Matt Hosmer, Thrashers

Visitors:
Lee Spradlin, Lee and Nena Morgan


Weather:
Mostly sunny initially with clouds gradually moving in from the south to
give mostly cloudy then partly cloudy by late afternoon, NE 3-8 mph
switching to ESE/SE the last few hours.70 to 77 degrees F.

Raptor Observations:
An enjoyable flight with low morning birds staying close to the ridge, and
as the altitude of flight increased the birds were still seen relatively
close, with the flight path a mixture of both sides of the ridge. A steady
flight that surprised with a late end of the day flight between 5:15-5:30
EDT as a steady stream of birds poured down the east side of the ridge
relatively close, though still with considerable altitude. Hourly BW
count: 17, 156, 734, 390, 206, 923, 254, 898.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Nighthawk - 4 the last few minutes of the count.
RH Woodpecker - 2
RB Nuthatch - 1
Blue Jay - 272

Predictions:
The strong end of the day flight again bodes well for tomorrow. Perhaps
mostly cloudy turning partly cloudy, high mid 70s. NE turning to SE light
breeze. Nice conditions again for counting whatever comes by.
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Report submitted by Gene Sattler (<edsattle...>)


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