Date: 9/24/19 1:00 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Sep 2019) 24 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 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 0 139 159
Bald Eagle 2 99 115
Northern Harrier 0 10 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 264 266
Cooper's Hawk 0 47 56
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 5
Broad-winged Hawk 5 24920 25050
Red-tailed Hawk 0 53 67
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 65 68
Merlin 0 11 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 6
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 24 25635 25838
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Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers: Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
A few folks ventured up, hopeful to see birds. Herb Meyers,
Keezletown,WV; Lois McKim, Doug Rogers, John Spahr, George Scarborough,
Randy Cline


Weather:
Arrived by 7:45 EST with bright blue sky, cool 14c and steady 11-13km NW
wind and even stronger gusts. Nice white clouds moved in to the north by
10 am but then back to zero clouds by 12pm. Winds began shifting to more
WNW.

Raptor Observations:
Steady NW winds, chill in the air with advancing cold front but bright blue
skies to start with. Conditions perfect for a decent accipiter flight but
it never materialized. Bulk of birds trickled through between 8:31 to
11:30. Only 3 birds in last two hours. 1st bird: Sharp-shinned at 8:31;
last bird: juv. Bald Eagle at 12:07 EST.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two waves of Tree Swallows (110 and 48) all coming up from the east and
heading west over the gap. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1), Chimney Swift
(33), Red-headed Woodpecker (2), small numbers of Blue-Jays contemplating
crossing the gap but most dropping down into the trees to the north.
Monarch Butterfly(43)

Predictions:
One day cold front moves out overnight.
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Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
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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