Date: 10/7/18 2:23 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (07 Oct 2018) 132 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 07, 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 4 14 215
Bald Eagle 4 21 203
Northern Harrier 3 7 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 79 530 1117
Cooper's Hawk 16 113 231
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 18
Broad-winged Hawk 10 1018 23575
Red-tailed Hawk 7 19 75
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 8
American Kestrel 9 47 208
Merlin 0 3 54
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 43
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 6
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 6 24
Mississippi Kite 0 0 9

Total: 132 1792 25837
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
Chris and Shannon Updike, Ellyn Worthhymer, Beth Ann Doerring


Weather:
Warm day 20.7-27.6C. A little fog early, which quickly dissipated. Strong W
winds from 9am-noon brought in good raptors, but when the winds dropped to
slight SE breezes after noon, the raptor flight diminished. Clear blue sky
with no clouds from 9am-noon and then nice 20-50% cloud cover after noon.
Lots of haze and a little fog kept visibility to <5km early, which improved
hourly.

Raptor Observations:
97 raptors between 9am-noon and only 35 between 12-3pm. Four adult Bald
Eagles at 11:10 (2), 12:30, 1:30. Three immature Northern Harriers between
12-1pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many Monarchs today (200 at least). Lots of warblers flying over early. 18
Chimney Swift, 6 Red-headed Woodpecker.
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Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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