Date: 9/28/19 4:12 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Sep 2019) 159 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 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 2 145 165
Bald Eagle 2 105 121
Northern Harrier 0 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 26 337 339
Cooper's Hawk 0 52 61
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 5 6
Broad-winged Hawk 123 25155 25285
Red-tailed Hawk 2 59 73
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 78 81
Merlin 0 14 14
Peregrine Falcon 2 13 13
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: 159 25992 26195
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:15:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
John Tindell, Ray Eavey, Cheryl and John O'Neil, Charlotte Gilmer, Tyler
Terpin, among others.


Weather:
Thick fog in Rockfish Valley to the east spilling into the Gap for first
hour of the count. Once the fog cleared, mostly cloudy skies appeared, then
partly cloudy mid-day, then dark, heavy storm clouds moved in from the west
after 1pm. Thunder and rain out to our west from 1:30-2:15, then it started
to rain on us at 2:15pm. Warm 21.7-28.6C. Light S breezes. Visibility was
somewhat poor due to heavy haze.

Raptor Observations:
Two Peregrine Falcons (both adults, giving great looks to everyone's joy!),
and two 1st-YR Bald Eagles. Groups of Broad-wings kettling in the distance
and then streaming south overhead. Five separate kettles of 12, 12, 10, 11,
and 15 birds. A big thanks to Dave for spotting birds and kettles way up in
the blue! Final bird of the day was a fast-moving Kestrel zooming by at
2:15pm to escape the thunder and rain!

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of Dragonflies moving south today, and lots of Monarchs as well (130
counted). Lots of migrating passerines early including 142 Chimney Swift, 6
Red-headed Woodpecker, 2 Red-eyed Vireo, 75 Blue-Jay, 84 Tree Swallow, 2
Swainson's Thrush, 1 Ovenbird, 2 Hooded Warbler, 2 American Redstart, 1
female Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Northern Parula, 2 Magnolia Warbler,
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 3 Indigo Bunting.
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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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