Date: 2/3/19 3:14 pm From: Tom Kuehl <tjk.kuehl...> Subject: WRS - Somerset County
Our 16th running of this short North Central route through Somerset County that runs from the Cambria County line in Windber to Buckstown on Rt. 30 (near the Flight 93 Memorial). It includes what you would think of as good WRS farm and reclaimed strip mine habitat, but today, as has been the history for this route, not many raptors. It lies between Laurel Ridge and the Allegheny Front, so have often thought that the hash high-elevation conditions accounts for the numbers being lower than what we get on our routes further west on the Plateau. Today just 7 Red-tailed Hawks, a low count however actually just one below average. No other raptor species observed today; we never get many but the average has been 1.5 per year.
We had 5 Common Ravens and 3 Pileated Woodpeckers during the route. Also, after completing the Route we drove the Flight 93 Memorial as we have had Rough-legged Hawks and Snow Buntings in the past, alas just 2 RT's observed there today.
County - Somerset
Date - 2/3/19
Observers- Tom and Janet Kuehl
Total time actually surveying Hours: 2 Minutes- 2
Start time 10:32am /End time 12:55pm (stopped for a quick lunch)
Miles on route 38.3
Red-tails- Total = 7 Ad. 2 /Imm. /ND 5
Avg Temp.- 48F
Sky- Largely Clear at the start, and then mostly Cloudy after 11am