Date: 10/9/19 7:33 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (09 Oct 2019) 78 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 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 5 79
Bald Eagle 5 10 82
Northern Harrier 0 2 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 55 67 130
Cooper's Hawk 4 6 26
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 11 17 79
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 4 42
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 7

Total: 78 116 6476
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Dale Miller

Observers: Bob Epperson, Dan DeHart, Dave Brunstetter, Don A.

Visitors:
Dave was in fourth gear with lots of spotting today. Dan DeHart could not
resist the perfect weather, and stopped by to help spot birds during the
final hour. A few RV's, many travelers stopping to read the hawk migration
info signs, and a few AT hikers. Ranger Mike was on patrol looking for a
guy in trouble.


Weather:
Overcast with light rain initially, turning sunny with scattered clouds
early and late, cool, 49 to 66 F, wind N 3-7 mph calming in afternoon.
Distant ridges were nice and crisp following the cold front and minor
rainfall that cleared the haze. Cool conditions were a very welcome change
from the previous hot summer-like fall weather.

Raptor Observations:
First birds were three SS at 9:30 EST. Nice steady flight of SS all day,
some groups of 2-4, with peak of 28 birds in the 11:00 hour. SS diving on
everything in sight including RT, BV, TV, and one another. Three adult BE
at 11:27, 11:46 and 12:30, and two immature birds at 11:52 and 12:48 EST.
One AK down the east side. At least one local RT. Best flight in several
weeks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch tally was 92, plus several other butterflies, but, no dragonflies.
Two new license plates through the Overlook, Nebraska and Arkansas,
bringing the total to 45 states.

Predictions:
Dale will bring a homemade apple pie to Bob for inputting today's count.
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Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>)
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