Date: 11/21/20 3:09 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2020) 9 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2020
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 248
Bald Eagle 2 86 412
Northern Harrier 0 7 75
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 49 2104
Cooper's Hawk 2 33 344
Northern Goshawk 0 1 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 35 89
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 29661
Red-tailed Hawk 4 1168 1494
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 7 15
American Kestrel 0 2 174
Merlin 0 3 66
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 46
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 13
Unknown Buteo 0 0 12
Unknown Falcon 0 0 6
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
Unknown Raptor 0 3 39
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 9 1404 34810

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas


We had many visitors that came to see the Rough-legged Hawk, and most of
them were not disappointed. Greg Tito, Anne Kline, Paul and Hannah Glass,
Penny Warren, Nancy and Richard Crowley (Alexandria), Buddy Leffers, Andrew
Clem, Larry Seal, Diane Lepkowski, Greg Moyers, Ira Lianez.

Weather was similar to yesterday with the exception of the cloud cover.
Gradually the clouds grew thicker and the last half hour was quite dark.
Mild W breezes with 14-17C temps. Cloud cover increased from 35% to 90%.

Raptor Observations:
Fairly slow day. The two bald eagles were spotted over the center of the
ridge, circled a bit and then moved southwest.

The coopers and the sharp-shin were spotted the near side of the far
rollover and moved down Rockfish valley. Only a few red-tails moved south.
There were more that would hunt the ridge and then go down into the trees.
In late afternoon one young red-tail came somewhat close to the Inn and
made a few circles .... which was nice to watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
The continuing Rough-legged Hawk appeared in the late morning in the same
general area it was in early yesterday: the north side of the interstate
right side of the ridge, low, in the area clear of trees. He would hunt for
a while, perch in a tree, then take off again hunting, sometimes
occasionally hovering for a few seconds. He did this both late morning and
again mid afternoon. Most everyone who came to the watch were able to find
it along the hillside and watch it for a while.
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
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