Date: 9/25/19 7:21 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (25 Sep 2019) 72 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 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 2 7 7
Bald Eagle 0 19 19
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 18 18
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 68 4925 4925
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 72 4996 4996
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Larry McDaniel

Observers: Brent Harris, David Clemens, Dianna Clemens, Harold Willis

Visitors:
Visitors: Cub Scout group 166 - Brenden Shadrick, Colton Fletcher, Kylie
Fletcher, Kyrie Brandon, Rylan Madden, Nehemiah West, Tristan Vicars.
Adults - April Addington, Ricky Addington, Jen Shadrick, Ruby Dickenson,
Rocky West, Susan Greene, Christpher Brandon

Eugene Harris and Chuck Willis from Kingsport helped as observers


Weather:
It was a mostly clear day with a high sky by noon. The temperature was 56 F
at the start of the day then steadily rose to 80 F in the afternoon. Wind
was from the East at 10 mph, then was variable with wind up to 15 mph then
dropping off in the afternoon coming from the South at 5 mph.

Raptor Observations:
The day began with two Broad-winged hawks passing the tower at 8:17.
Hourly: 8-9 BW 10, 9-10 BW 20, 10-11 BW 7, 11-12 BW 3, 12-1 BW 8, SS 2, 1-2
BW 8, 2-3 BW 1, 3-4 BW 5, OS 1, 4-5 BW 6, OS 1

The usual early hawks at or below eye level to the east. Got higher until
probably out of sight by afternoon. Then started to come back down last two
hours. The scout group got to see a low kettle of 6 broad-wings and an
Osprey.


Non-raptor Observations:
Other birds: 1 grouse on Pinnacle Rd., Blue-headed Vireo, ravens and
red-tails. Monarchs 8

Predictions:
50% chance of rain with highs in the upper seventies. No one is scheduled
to be at the tower as compiler. If you go contact Ron Harrington
(<roneharrin...>) with results.
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Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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