Date: 9/27/19 4:26 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Sep 2019) 72 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 143 163
Bald Eagle 0 103 119
Northern Harrier 0 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 311 313
Cooper's Hawk 3 52 61
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 5
Broad-winged Hawk 50 25032 25162
Red-tailed Hawk 0 57 71
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 77 80
Merlin 2 14 14
Peregrine Falcon 2 11 11
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 6 7
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 72 25833 26036

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers: Dave Hunter

George Scarborough, Mary Elfner of Richmond Audubon, Ken Meyers and Chris
Quay who stopped overnight on their way home in PA to visit the hawk watch
this morning and were rewarded with the low Broad-Winged and Peregrine.
Drew Chaney and John and Lila Porterfield

A lovely early fall day, with lots of sunshine with mostly cloudy sky but
the good white high ceiling ones, along with jet contrails, providing nice
backdrop against the bright blue making it easier to spot the high

Wind light from SE to SSE throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
Just as counter stepped out onto the pavement upon arrival by 7:45 EST, a
LOW Osprey came up the slope and flew across the parking lot.

Was hoping for a few more birds but overall not too bad. Even had small
groups of Broad-wing, several 5 to 8 at a time, including a group of 5
kettling high overhead with the day's 2nd osprey. It was also another
3-falcon day with two of each, including one "kestrel" that morphed into
the first Merlin of the day. Thanks to Drew Chaney who was quick on the
draw with his camera to capture and confirm ID! Folks visiting in the
morning got to see a slow sailing fairly close Peregrine and a Broad-winged
Hawk. A second Peregrine came in slow, sailing along later in the day for
the next wave of visitors.

Bird #26,000 for the season was a Sharp-shinned at 12:44 EST.

Non-raptor Observations:
Northern Flickers (26) Quite a few were seen lifting off from the trees to
the north but turning back and not included in the day's tally. Chimney
Swift(13), Blue Jay (16), Pileated Woodpecker (1), Monarch Butterfly (45)
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
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