Date: 9/27/19 5:34 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (27 Sep 2019) 34 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 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 1 64 73
Bald Eagle 2 57 72
Northern Harrier 0 9 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 58 62
Cooper's Hawk 1 15 19
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 8 9
Broad-winged Hawk 21 5949 5971
Red-tailed Hawk 1 46 61
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 37 37
Merlin 1 5 5
Peregrine Falcon 3 12 12
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 6

Total: 34 6266 6342
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: David Kirk, King Irvin, Kristine & Dana Newcomb,
Mike Crowder

Visitors:
Lots of help today. Thanks to Pete, Garland Kitts, Don Aldridge, Matt
Hosmer, Bob Epperson, Bond Jerry Bond, Phillip Ferguson, Roger Baroody,
Dave Brunstetter, the couple from Smith Mt. Lake whose names I failed to
get, Al and Debbie McPherson and to Lourdes Page (and husband whose name I
also failed to note). Lourdes spotted 2 sharp shinned which turned out to
be the final birds of the day.


Weather:
72 F at the start of watch climbing to mid 80s. Sunny with cloud cover
increasing throughout the day to about 75%. Winds were light and variable
on the western side but fairly strong and consistent on the east side.

Raptor Observations:
Most birds were spotted over the knob or to the eastern side. First bird
was a broadwing at 9:10 followed shortly by a peregrine falcon five minutes
later. Immature bald eagles at 12:33 and 1:30.

Non-raptor Observations:
Although no formal count was taken there were many monarchs observed. I'm
curious if dragon flies change into stink bugs as the dragonfly population
seems to have thinned but the stink bugs are out now in full force. This
year's version smells no better than previous years.

Predictions:
More of the same weather wise and, probably, count wise but to quote Andy
Dufresne "hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things"!
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Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>)
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