Date: 3/30/21 6:19 pm
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...>
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Braddock Bay (30 Mar 2021) 2287 Raptors
Braddock Bay
Rochester, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 30, 2021

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1980 6618 6618
Osprey 1 2 2
Bald Eagle 12 157 157
Northern Harrier 20 160 160
Sharp-shinned Hawk 69 208 208
Cooper's Hawk 18 111 111
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 17 290 290
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 153 816 816
Rough-legged Hawk 2 64 64
Golden Eagle 0 12 12
American Kestrel 12 46 46
Merlin 1 10 10
Peregrine Falcon 2 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2287 8499 8499

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: David Brown

Observers: Ben Nelson, Bridget Watts, Greg Lawrence, Janis George,
Jessica George, Jim Miles, Jules Wagner, Lynn Bergmeyer,
Mike Gullo, Mike Tetlow, Nate Ukens, Pat Martin,
Shelly Rackovsky


Clear with south winds in the morning. A thickening cloud layer throughout
the day as the winds shifted SSW and became stronger. Temperatures started
out just above freezing and reached a high of around 23C.

Raptor Observations:
The biggest day so far this season with nearly 2,300 raptors. The flight in
the morning was light to moderate but large numbers started moving in the
afternoon. Turkey Vultures made up the bulk of the flight with 1,980 total
for the day. Red-tailed Hawks made up the bulk of the Buteo flight with
more than 150. A moderate number of Red-shouldered Hawks with 17 and two
Rough-legged Hawks (one light and one dark). Accipiter numbers continue to
increase with 69 sharpies and 18 Coops. One Osprey towards the end of the
day. Twenty harriers. All three falcons with 12 kestrels, a merlin, and 2
peregrines. A dozen Bald Eagles but no Golden Eagles.

The Turkey Vulture flight was mostly on the lake side until late in the day
when there was a steady stream over the parkway until 6pm EST.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Blue-winged Teal, 4 Pied-billed Grebes, 8 Sandhill Cranes, Common Loon,
10 Double-crested Cormorants, 10 Great Blue Herons, 2 Belted Kingfishers,
100 Horned Larks, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 75 Tree Swallows, Barn
Swallow, 5 American Pipits, Lapland Longspur, 100 Rusty Blackbirds.


Daily hawk watch videos on YouTube:

Wednesday: Winds SW in the early morning then switching to NW. Steady light
rain in the morning then afternoon showers. High 12C. If the rain holds off
long enough there might be some morning migration, but after that expect
light migration.

Thursday: Occasional snow showers. High 3C. Winds NW at 25-40km/h. Expect
light migration.

Friday: Mix of sun and clouds. High 4C. Winds NW at 25-40km/h. Expect light
Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>)
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