Date: 9/15/19 6:57 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Bake Oven Knob (15 Sep 2019) 1728 Raptors
Bake Oven Knob
2 miles North of Germansville, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 2 52 92
Turkey Vulture 6 142 280
Osprey 6 86 110
Bald Eagle 24 66 107
Northern Harrier 1 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 107 123
Cooper's Hawk 3 8 14
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1651 2082 2180
Red-tailed Hawk 7 42 102
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 12 19
Merlin 1 6 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 5 11 37

Total: 1728 2621 3085

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Rick Morrissey

Observers: Bob Astleford, Doug Burton, Ed Sinkler, John Traynor

Big day for visitors, the north look-out was almost at capacity mid-day.
An all-star cast of 'who's who' at the knob. Veteran 'Bake Oven Boys' John
Traynor, Doug Burton, Rick Gaeta, Ed Wanamaker, Jeff Hopkins, John Good,
Bob Astleford, Ed Sinkler, Scott Keys, Mark Boyd, and Gareth Williams.

Welcome Theo from his Subaru in the parking lot via the Arctic circle and
the West Coast and Mark from Allentown with camera lens rarely seen outside
of the US Open tennis courts (friends of Scott Keys taking great photos all

After early dense fog for about 2 hours of the count there was plenty of
sunshine with a low temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 76
degrees Fahrenheit. Winds were generally light NW winds 0-3 mph with a few
gusts up to 7 mph. In the last 2 hours of the count, winds were WSW.

Raptor Observations:
Let’s not miss one key point, the big Broadwing push has started. So for
those of you who missed it today, make sure you are looking to the skies
the next two or three days. My condolences to many of the all-star
observers who came up today to see lots of Broadwings and left in the
'buggy,' hot early afternoon after the decent morning push of raptors
stopped. Then about 2:30pm DST, approximately 1450 Broadwings migrated in
about 90 minutes. The good news is there are more to come I suspect, so
get to it folks over the next two days if you can!!

Lots of eagles flying in groups of 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s on the north
side while hundreds of Brooadwings were streaming overhead on the south
slopes and all of this occurred with just the counter and two extremely
helpful observers (Ed Sinkler and Bob Astleford) left late in the day. This
was a day of great conversations and no birds in the morning, and lots of
frantic system overload behaviors with over 1500 raptors in all quadrants
of a big blue sky late in the afternoon. Most raptors I have seen in one
day at BOK, very cool!!

Bald Eagles (24) - 0915 Adult; 0915 Adult; 0930 Adult; 0930 Adult; 0930
Immature; 0933 Adult; 1030 Adult; 1030 Adult; 1030 Adult; 1105 Adult; 1120
Adult; 1225 Adult; 1253 Adult; 1403 Adult; 1403 Immatue; 1415 Adult; 1415
Adult; 1448 Immatue; 1515 Immature; 1525 Immatue; 1525 Adult; 1525 Adult;
1526 Immature; 1535 Immatue

Non-raptor Observations:
Five Hummingbirds, 10 Monarchs, two Black throated Green warblers, a female
Scarlet Tanagers, two Ravens. Worst day for Lantern flies EVER, made it
really tough to see kettles until later in the day.

Sunshine and clouds mixed . A 20% chance of a rain shower. High 82F,
winds are forecasted WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

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