Date: 10/6/18 5:21 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Allegheny Front (06 Oct 2018) 67 Raptors
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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BV 0 0 16
TV 29 33 45
OS 2 3 72
BE 3 6 188
NH 0 1 15
SS 18 41 273
CH 2 4 36
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 0 5
BW 3 12 8047
RT 9 37 307
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 1
AK 0 0 37
ML 0 1 19
PG 0 0 17
UA 0 1 4
UB 0 1 14
UF 0 0 1
UE 1 1 2
UR 0 11 45

Total: 67 152 9144
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Peter Livengood

Observers: Ed Gowarty,Jr., Joe Sabo

Visitors:
David Whipkey, Joe Sabo, Ed Gowarty Jr.

Numerous other visitors that signed the guest book. Because of my
absent-mindedness and the rain at the end of the count, I did not write
down the names of the visitors from the guest book. Several of the visitors
had binoculars and stayed for a while. One group of visitors was impressed
by a flapping Vulture and the Bald Eagle that followed right after.


Weather:
Very interesting weather today. To start out, the sky was cloudless, and
the temperature was nearly 70F. The valley below was 100%, pure white,
cotton blanket of fog. It was a sight to behold! Winds were generally
light, and started SW, then became variable for 2 hours. The wind then
turned SE for the 10:00 hour through the afternoon. Winds changed to very
light ENE after the first 2 rain showers, and then switched to moderate
west after the last thundershower at 3:50.

The fog blanket stayed in the valley until after 11:00. Every time an
Easterly wind gust would come, the fog would encroach on the hawk watch and
the temperature would plummet. Then all of a sudden, the valley started to
appear! The sky would go from mostly cloudy to mostly sunny throughout the
day. The valley remained somewhat hazy all day.

Raptor Observations:
67 migrating raptors. 29 of those came just before the thundershower around
3:50, when a formation of high-flying Turkey Vultures suddenly appeared out
of the north and scuttled by ahead of the gusty winds and heavy rain.

3 Bald Eagles: 4-year old @ 8:12, adults @ 10:32 & 10:38.
1 UE down low in valley up against the ridge, only viewed very briefly.

Non-raptor Observations:
180 Monarchs. 3 Dragonflies. 117 Blue Jays, including a group of 40. 55
Cedar Waxwings. 6 Northern Flickers.

A very large flight of migrating Chimney Swifts observed this morning. They
all came through in the first 3 hours, totaling 463! Groups of swifts, up
to a dozen or more came through right overhead, in the valley, and towards
the west.

19 total songbird species. Numerous migrating "DK" (don't know) songbirds.

Predictions:
Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers. SW winds. High temperature in
the low to mid-70's.
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Report submitted by Peter Livengood (<Glivengood7...>)


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