Date: 10/22/18 4:08 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Rocky Ridge (22 Oct 2018) 35 Raptors
Rocky Ridge
York, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 6 8 8
Turkey Vulture 12 57 57
Osprey 0 4 51
Bald Eagle 0 7 25
Northern Harrier 0 9 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 187 404
Cooper's Hawk 0 10 17
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 2811
Red-tailed Hawk 3 18 20
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 23 123
Merlin 0 7 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 2 8
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1

Total: 35 358 3570
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Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter: Andrew Wolfgang

Observers:

Visitors:
6. Some really nice folks out today at Rocky Ridge.


Weather:
Clear skies with little cloud cover and cool temps made for a nice fall day
at the watch site. Winds were WSW and light for most of the count period.
Winds increased slightly from noon until 1 pm and began to die back after 3
pm. Temps ranged from 8 C to 12 C.

Raptor Observations:
There was Cooper's Hawk and Merlin activity at the count site today, but
flying North. Sharp-shinned Hawks were passing by with little altitude in
several "waves" today. It made for great looks, and a late day adult male
American Kestrel was a welcomed sight flying between the power lines.

Non-raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures were passing by in good numbers at about
1 pm. It is difficult to discern migrant vultures at Rocky Ridge with such
a substantial local population of both Black and Turkey Vultures. Several
large groups were passing over at great heights (between 3-4 on HMANA
flight height on protocol scale) while local birds were perched on towers
or foraging in the valley below.
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Report submitted by Andrew Wolfgang (<a19wolfgang...>)


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