Date: 11/21/20 2:08 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blueberry Hill (21 Nov 2020) 3 Raptors

Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2020 11:57:22 -0900
From: <reports...>
Subject: Blueberry Hill (21 Nov 2020) 3 Raptors


Blueberry Hill
Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2020
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 2 127
Osprey 0 0 22
Bald Eagle 0 1 46
Northern Harrier 0 2 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 173
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 38
Northern Goshawk 0 1 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 45
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 2456
Red-tailed Hawk 3 49 98
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 1
American Kestrel 0 0 108
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 2
Merlin 0 0 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 2
Unknown Buteo 0 3 6
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Vulture 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 3 64 3183
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Observation start time: 09:45:00 Observation end time: 13:45:00 Total
observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: John Weeks

Observers: John Weeks

Weather:
Mostly cloudy (increasing from 65% to nearly overcast); very hazy at first,
but clearing all the way to Mt Monadnock (60 mi to NE) by watch's end.
Temp. 49F to mid-50sF. Wind NW 5-10 (higher gusts in the a.m. hours).

Raptor Observations:
Despite the usually favorable NW wind direction, only three Red-tails moved
through. Not counted: immature Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, 1-2 Red-tails.

Non-raptor Observations:
COMMON REDPOLLS again. I kept seeing about 50 of them, picking at the
catkins in the numerous white birches on the hill. Then the Cooper's Hawk
appeared, causing over a hundred Redpolls (a murmuration? percussion?
polyphony?) to swarm out of the trees. Floating lazily in their midst, the
hawk appeared to make no real effort to catch any of them. Also: Downy
Woodpecker, Blue Jays (3), American Crows (3), Common Raven, Black-capped
Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Bluebirds (4), Dark-eyed Juncos (2).
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Report submitted by John Weeks (<aerie.john...>)


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