Date: 2/2/19 2:26 pm From: Tom Kuehl <tjk.kuehl...> Subject: Somerset County - Kuehl Northwest WRS Route
A beautiful blue-sky day for running a WRS route. This was the 9th running of our Northwest Somerset County Route. It starts on the Westmoreland County border at the Rt. 30 crossing of Laurel Ridge, goes north along the eastern base of the Ridge to North Fork Reservoir, then east to Rt. 2019 at Davidsville, then south to the Quemahoning Reservoir, and then west, roughly back to the starting point.
Almost no variety today with just Red-tailed Hawks (15) and Cooper's Hawks (2), however the total of 17 was above the 9-year average of 15. Species not reported today but with 1 or 2 observed on occasion in previous years are Harriers, Kestrels, Sharp-shins Red-shouldered Hawk and Bald Eagles.
County - Somerset
Date - 2/2/19
Observers- Tom and Janet Kuehl, and Mark McConaughy
Total time actually surveying Hours: 3 Minutes- 10
Start time 9:57am /End time 1:28pm
Miles on route 50.1
Red-tails- Total = 15 Ad. 4 /Imm. 0 /ND 11
Cooper's - 2
Avg Temp.- 31F
Sky- Pt cloudy to start, then mostly sunny
Wind - Light
Avg Snow cover depth - 6"
We all got to see a Coyote in open farm land on Blough Road. A flock of 150 Horned Larks were at the reliable Lemon-Hyasota Hill-Fallen Oak Road farm area. Janet spotted a Killdeer in the wet area at the intersection of Rt. 985 and Stemmler Road. A Common Raven was perched in a tree at the Sliding Rock Golf Course on Rt. 30 (at the end of the route at the base of Laurel Ridge).