Date: 10/25/18 6:05 pm
From: Andy Mason <andymason...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Phenomenal Golden Eagle day at Franklin Mt.
A rather unprecedented event today at the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch in NY's
Catskill Mountains--passage of 128 Golden Eagles from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Standard Time. Counters were Pete Fauth and Becky Gretton, with
numerous spotters and others present. The great majority of the birds
were adults. Weather was overcast and cold with generally light winds
from the NW.

The previous single day high for Golden Eagles at Franklin Mt. was 71 on
11/11/2015. This appears to be a record single day count for the
species in eastern North America.

This follows a count of 24 GEs yesterday and 41 on 10/21, bringing the
site total to 219 for October and for the season. This is by far the
highest single month Golden total at the site, which usually peaks for
this species in mid-November.

No known explanation for this early and concentrated movement.

Details of the day's count are at
http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=361&ryear=2018&rmonth=10&rday=25

Andy Mason

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Jefferson, NY 12093
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