Date: 9/8/19 6:20 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Bake Oven Knob (08 Sep 2019) 68 Raptors
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 1 22 62
Turkey Vulture 20 91 229
Osprey 5 27 51
Bald Eagle 2 32 73
Northern Harrier 2 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 19 35
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 34 80 178
Red-tailed Hawk 0 25 85
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 9
Merlin 0 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 28

Total: 68 310 774

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter: Rick Morrissey


A few youthful day hikers, no other hawk counters today. Lots of time for
the counter on a slow day to reflect, time to sort things out. I came to
the conclusion as a retired person that there is not a lot to sort out
anymore. No complaints, life is good, and it was great to hear many of the
through hikers below the look-out enjoying the Appalachian trail and this
beautiful day.

There were periods of sunshine especially mid-day, with the beginning and
the end of the day skies were mostly cloudy. The low temperature was 61
degrees Fahrenheit and the high was 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds were
generally WNW at 2-9 mph, yet at the end of the day the winds were light
and variable which ended the migration flight.

Raptor Observations:
The first bird of the day was an Osprey at 0845, second bird of the day was
a Turkey Vulture at 1010, and the third bird of the day was a single
Broadwing Hawk at 1035 which made for a relaxing Sunday morning on the
Knob. A non-migrating immature Bald Eagle was observed flying ENE at 1056.
At 1514 a Peregrine Falcon was observed hunting behind the North look-out,
assumed to be a local falcon seen by other observers recently. Two
Northern Harriers were counted and noted here because they were this
observer's first harriers of the 2019 Fall migration, the last being an
adult male harrier.

Bald Eagles (2) - Adult 1322; Adult 1358

High over ridge slope number one, 21 vultures were observed in a kettle
(one was a Black Vulture) which kept the interest of the counter on a slow
day. As the kettle broke up, six Broadwing Hawks were seen. As the BWs
were extremely high they probably would have been missed without the kettle
of vultures. An hour later, high above the west slope of the 'hump,' an
adult Bald Eagle found a thermal and for 10 minutes the counter kept track
of the lone eagle to see if it would eventually move westerly and then be
included in today's tally. Again high over the ridge slope two, the adult
Bald Eagle led the observer to seven Broadwing Hawks. These eight little
dots in the sky then flew over the North look-out, yet the BWs probably
would have been missed without the eagle as a guide. Shall I note the
vultures and the eagle as observers today? Well, unofficially then.

Non-raptor Observations:
Sadly a thousand Lantern flies, some met their demise on the rocks next to
my head (I didn't see nothing), and sadly only two Monarch butterflies were
observed along with one Hummingbird, two Ravens, and four Canada geese.

The forecast for Monday, September 9 is partly cloudy skies with a 10%
chance of participation with a low temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit and
a forecasted high of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds will light and variable
generally from the ENE, with average wind speeds at 5mph

Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>)
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