Date: 11/5/19 6:16 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (05 Nov 2019) 14 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 05, 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 0 1 206
Bald Eagle 2 12 179
Northern Harrier 1 5 25
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 20 1133
Cooper's Hawk 3 9 179
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 20 29
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 26058
Red-tailed Hawk 3 101 260
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 1 139
Merlin 0 3 30
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 29
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 10
Unknown Buteo 0 1 6
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 3
Unknown Raptor 0 0 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 14 179 28324
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers:

Visitors:
Patrick Baines of Charlotte, NC; George Scarborough, Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Overall a pleasant day with predominately WNW wind from 4-6mph. Mostly
cloudy for most of the day but high ceiling. Most clouds finally moved
out by 1:30pm.



Raptor Observations:
Decent WNW wind and although mostly cloudy, it was a high ceiling, pretty
clear visibility for miles and miles, and areas lit up by sun peaking
through the clouds. First bird was a female Northern Harrier low over the
ridge at 8:41. It would be a long wait before the next migrating raptor!
Things picked up between 11-12 if you can call 5 birds picking up.

Two Bald Eagles, an adult and one juvenile.

Thanks to George Scarborough for spotting the very low, fast moving
juvenile Peregrine Falcon out to our west. We got to see it before it all
too quickly zipped past at base of the plateau. It stirred up a Cooper's
that decided it was time to move on.

Non-raptor Observations:
As clouds moved out and more sunshine warming up to 59 degrees, lots of
Lady Bugs were flying about. Also had one dragonfly to fly over heading
southward.

Other sightings include Double-crested Cormorant (2), American Robin (130),
Rusty Blackbird (a group of 8 flying low over gap heading west into Augusta
County), Cedar Waxwing (three small groups totaling 72), Red Admiral
Butterfly (3), Monarch Butterfly (1)

Jennifer Jowdy reported a Red Bat flew in close after counter signed off.
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Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
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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