Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 10:00:00 Total observation time: 2.5 hours
Official Counter: David Brown
Observers: Pat Martin
Weather: Overcast with rain showers starting mid-morning. Southwest winds early then NW winds with falling temperatures.
Raptor Observations: A few Northern Harriers and American Kestrels. One group of 30 Turkey Vultures that came up early then put back down without passing. One Sharp-shinned Hawk seen hunting.
The final total of migrating raptors in March was 8,506 which is higher than the average of the previous ten seasons March totals (6,267). Below I have listed the species totals for March and what percent they are compared to the 10-year average (100% indicates exactly the same as the average, greater than 100% indicates above-average, less than 100% indicates below-average).
Black Vulture - 0% (none seen, average is 2.5) Turkey Vulture - 131% Osprey - 77% Bald Eagle - 333% Northern Harrier - 189% Sharp-shinned Hawk - 239% Cooper's Hawk - 132% Northern Goshawk - 0% (none seen, average is 1.8) Red-shouldered Hawk - 96% Red-tailed Hawk - 160% Rough-legged Hawk - 180% Golden Eagle - 200% American Kestrel - 106% Merlin - 143% Peregrine Falcon - 156% Total - 136%
From these percentages you can see that most species were above-average, including some exceptional highlights such as Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern Harriers.
Non-raptor Observations: 4 Blue-winged Teal, 15 Bonaparte's Gulls, 17 Double-crested Cormorants, 4 Great Blue Herons, 2 Belted Kingfishers, Eastern Phoebe, 20 Tree Swallows, Fox Sparrow, 50 Rusty Blackbirds.
Predictions: Thursday: Cloudy with morning snow showers. High 3C. Winds NW at 25-40km/h. Expect light migration.
Friday: Sunny. High 4C. Winds NW at 25-40km/h. Expect light migration.
Saturday: Mix of sun and clouds then cloudy. High 10C. Winds WSW at 15-30km/h. Expect moderate migration. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>) Braddock Bay information may be found at: http://www.bbrr.org/