Date: 9/15/20 6:59 am
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Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (14 Sep 2020) 442 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2020

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 9 53 53
Bald Eagle 11 50 50
Northern Harrier 2 15 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 48 140 140
Cooper's Hawk 7 20 20
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 328 1697 1697
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 25 88 88
Merlin 3 28 28
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 2 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 7 25 25

Total: 442 2130 2130

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Levi Burford

Observers: Judd Nathan, Karen Kambol, Mark Timmerman, Mike Gebo,
Nora Hanke, Peter Kambol, Tom Delaney, with many more...

34 visitors today. Most folks hung out and watched the birds that were
closer to the watch. A lot of observation help, we maxed out the platform
once again.

A brisk north wind rose to the middle of the day and then receded a little
through the end of the day. The cumulus clouds, numerous at times were a
great backdrop against which we were able to spot the migrant raptors.

Raptor Observations:
It was a good day of raptor migration by the hawk watch platform. Birds
were mostly spread out in the wind. I feel like we earned that 450+/-
birds. The largest kettle of Broad-winged Hawks was 32 with some in the
process of feeding from another to the north.

The two Northern Harriers were both juveniles.

Non-migrants observed today were 4 Turkey Vultures, and 3 Red-tailed Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
With the wind it was a tough day for non-raptors around the platform. We
did observe the following migrants:
11 Canada Geese
3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

2 White-winged Crossbills were observed early, flying over the back of the

The rest were just a smattering of Black-capped Chickadees, Dark-eyed
Juncos, and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Yellow-rumps held down the warbler

35 Monarch Butterflies streaked by the watch as fast as the Kestrels.

Tuesday looks like an amazing day in the morning. We didn't have a strong
push late in the day yesterday so I am not sure whether it will start
early. Looks like the wind will shift a little but will remain light
through the day. We'll see what this means for birds heading south.

Wednesday's weather looks a little less encouraging with strong southwest
winds but it looks to set us up for Thursday with west winds and then a
stretch of three days from Friday to Sunday with light northern winds.
Overall, an encouraging forecast. We'll see if it rings true.
Report submitted by Levi Burford (<lbburford...>)
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