Date: 10/8/18 3:26 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (08 Oct 2018) 27 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 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 2 16 217
Bald Eagle 2 23 205
Northern Harrier 0 7 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 541 1128
Cooper's Hawk 4 117 235
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 18
Broad-winged Hawk 2 1020 23577
Red-tailed Hawk 4 23 79
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 8
American Kestrel 1 48 209
Merlin 1 4 55
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: 27 1819 25864
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers:

Weather:
Completely socked in with dense fog until 9:50. Gradual lift with east
side completely socked in until about 45 minutes later and more open to the
west. Finally cleared by 11am EST.
Increasing clouds throughout the day with dark gray clouds moving up from
SE. Few sprinkles by 2:36pm EST. Light SE winds throughout the day with
continuing mild temps 24.2c>28c<27.3c; Humidity: 85%<74%.

Raptor Observations:
A pretty slow day. Most birds were to the west during the morning and then
shifting more to overhead and east side of the ridge. Two Broad-Wings flew
in together, sailing high heading south. Low and fairly close Merlin over
the parking lot. Two Bald Eagle, distant adult out to the west at 11:04
and a 3rd year directly overhead at 1:43. Last bird was high sailing
Red-Tailed heading straight down the ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay - 16; Chimney Swift-17; Monarch Butterfly-26; Red Admiral
Butterfly - 7 all sailing southward!

The yearling black bear was foraging out in the open around rock pile 2
where the old Tepees use to be.

Was buzzed by hovering drone directly over site. Very annoying!
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Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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