Date: 10/2/18 5:54 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Candler Mountain (02 Oct 2018) 245 Raptors
Candler Mountain
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 02, 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 3 66
Bald Eagle 0 3 32
Northern Harrier 2 2 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 6 47
Cooper's Hawk 1 2 10
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 4
Broad-winged Hawk 233 377 10371
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 5 40
Merlin 0 0 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 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 0 1

Total: 245 399 10585
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Bob Epperson

Observers: Caitlin Hofmann, Gene Sattler

Weather:
Overall, a nice day on the mountain with plenty of clouds (25% increasing
to 80%) for good bird spotting, and enough steady wind (10-13 km/h SW) to
keep the gnats away while moderating the unseasonably warm temperatures
(22-27 C).

Rain storm approaching from the west shut down the count at 3:00 pm EST.

Raptor Observations:
Single Broadwing was first bird of the day at 9:19 am (all times EST).
Several close birds flew right over the ridge including an Am. Kestrel, a
good handful of BW's, and a N. Harrier that circled twice at "reach out and
touch" distance before heading SW. BW's were sparse during the first two
hours. The first sizeable kettle, 35 birds, circled up to the east at 11:24
am, followed by the largest kettle, 115 birds, at 12:11 pm. A single BW
was the final bird at 2:42 pm.

Non-countable raptors included a local RS heard calling extensively in the
forest below, a local RT perched in a tree on the east side of the count
site, and a Bald Eagle seen in steady flight heading NE in the direction of
the James River.

Non-raptor Observations:
RT Hummingbird winging south, RB Nuthatch calling for the fourth
consecutive day, foraging Hairy Woodpecker, and numerous Monarchs.

Predictions:
Final count for the Broadwing season of 2018, which produced the third
highest total since counts began in 1997.

Additional raptor counts may be conducted once the weather cools toward the
end of October 2018.
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Report submitted by Bob Epperson (<ecoland...>)


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