Date: 9/15/20 6:56 pm
From: Larry Schwab <larryschwab...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dolly Sods Wilderness--Bear Rocks Preserve, Sep 15, 2020
*Big Broad-wing Hawk flight at Bear Rocks September 15, 2020*

Dolly Sods Wilderness--Bear Rocks Preserve, Tucker, West Virginia, US
Sep 15, 2020 9:50 AM - 4:09 PM
Protocol: Stationary

Checklist Comments: Weather: opened at 65 degrees; wind NW 10-15 mph;
cloud cover below 4,000' in valley east of Allegheny Front escarpment;
little migration activity but increased to a flood of Broad-winged Hawk in
successive kettles for 45 minutes from 1:30 hours onward as weather calmed
and temperature warmed. I estimated in groups of five because of volume and
believe count is conservative. Undoubtedly some other migrants (accipters
eg) were missed. Few passerine migrants and only four Monarch butterflies
were seen. After cloud cover cleared conditions for BWHA were ideal. This
was a large flight is relatively short time period because of the window of
time when weather was cooperative. Weather during the previous two days
was not ideal for Buteo migration.
10 species (+2 other taxa)

* Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) 706 Multiple successive
kettles in 45 minute period 1330 hours to 1415 hrs*


* Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2 hawk sp. (Accipitridae sp.) 1
Seen poorly at distance; possible harrier*

Turkey Vulture 4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) (Parulidae sp.) 4 aerial passage migrants
at distance

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S73651317

Larry Schwab
Morgantown
 
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