Date: 9/22/19 4:38 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Sep 2019) 640 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 135 155
Bald Eagle 5 97 113
Northern Harrier 1 10 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 43 217 219
Cooper's Hawk 4 45 54
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 4 5
Broad-winged Hawk 567 24834 24964
Red-tailed Hawk 4 46 60
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 59 62
Merlin 0 9 9
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 4 5
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 640 25477 25680
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Baxter Beamer, Dave Hunter, Ezra Staengl, Jennifer Jowdy,
Josh Laubach, Rose Thomas, Shannon and Chris Updike

Visitors:
Lots of visitors but only some names were collected including: Paul Glass
(South Boston, VA), Mark Whitis, Douglas Burkett, Shea Tiller, Drew Chaney,
Ira Lianez, Theo Staengl, Charlotte Clements, Max Nootbaar, Conor Farrell,
Tucker Beamer, Anja Hittinger, among others.


Weather:
Very warm and sunny day with 19-28.3C temps and mild-to-moderate NW winds.
0% cloud cover through 11am then gradual increase to 30% by 2pm. Hazy early
but clearing by noon (good visibility).

Raptor Observations:
Early birds were flying up low over the ridge and over. Then as the day
warmed up and the winds diminished, most birds spotted super high. Five BE
(2 adult and 3 immature). The highlight of the day was a beautiful adult
Peregrine Falcon the appeared slowly circling to the north at eye level,
giving good looks of its back. After a bit of circling and drifting south,
it then turned and flew in directly toward us and did an awesome, slow,
close fly-by!

Non-raptor Observations:
A group of 11 Common Nighthawks spotted by Paul Glass flying out over
Waynesboro heading south. 95 Monarchs. 61 Chimney Swift, 3 Red-headed
Woodpecker, 8 Raven, 28 Cedar Waxwing, 1 Prairie Warbler, and 1
hummingbird.
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Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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