Date: 4/23/24 4:44 pm
From: Andrew Bechdel <andrewbechdel...>
Subject: Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch - April 23rd, 2024
Good Evening Birders,

Today, we enjoyed warm weather, good company, and some late afternoon
raptors. Another 5 Bald Eagles soared sky high and migrated straight N,
adding some numbers to what has been a below average count this season.
Although the Broad-winged Hawk flight never took off (pun intended), Nick
spotted our *164th Golden Eagle of the season gliding high over Stone
Valley*. This was our 3rd straight day with a GE and we hope to finish off
the season strong and keep the streak going until the end!

In other bird news, we had 7 Common Loons and our FOY (and possible first
for Tussey Hawkwatch) Wood Duck. The Wood Duck flew low over the ridge late
this afternoon and seemed destined for the ever attractive Fairbrook

Thanks to our Penn State SEED semester students who joined us during the
morning to learn about hawkwatching and raptor migration. Doug Wentzel and
Laurie McLaughlin were wonderful to have at the sight as always. And...
Doug has, after 23 long awaited years, earned observer status in the
hawkcount database. Congratulate him if you see him!

Tomorrow and Thursday do not look auspicious for Broad-wingeds or other
raptors. However, Friday could be a great final day for Broad-winged Hawks.
I will give a better forecast in the next couple days.

*Tussey Mountain Hawk WatchState College, Pennsylvania, USADaily Raptor
Counts: Apr 23, 2024SpeciesDay's CountMonth TotalSeason TotalBlack
Vulture000Turkey Vulture1122193Osprey24350Bald Eagle52963Northern
Harrier11819Sharp-shinned Hawk1144194Cooper's Hawk11228American
Goshawk000Red-shouldered Hawk0535Broad-winged Hawk1312941294Red-tailed
Hawk393207Rough-legged Hawk000Golden Eagle115164American
Kestrel12237Merlin034Peregrine Falcon003Unknown Accipiter015Unknown
Buteo002Unknown Falcon012Unknown Eagle001Unknown
Raptor025Total:2918042306Observation start time:08:30:00Observation end
time:16:30:00Total observation time:8 hoursOfficial CounterAndrew
BechdelObservers:Dave Kelley, Doug Wentzel , Laurie McLaughlin, Nick
Bolgiano, PSU SEED StudentsVisitors:PSU Seed Semester Students, Doug
Wentzel, Laurie McLaughlin, Dave KelleyWeather:Partly cloudy with moderate
SSW wind all day. In the late afternoon, wind slightly more SW. Wind speed:
5-21mph. Temperature: 11-20 Celsius.Raptor Observations:Golden Eagles: 1
Unk-15:34 Flight was mostly slow, but picked up steam in the late afternoon
with a few high Broad-wings, a distant Golden Eagle, and a few other
raptors. Non-migratory raptors: 1 Black Vulture, 7 Turkey Vulture, 1
Osprey, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Bald Eagle, 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American
KestrelNon-raptor Observations:Notable Birds: FOY (and possible first for
site) Wood Duck eBird Checklist:<7Cscbirdcl...>%7C4189dcd2ac6c43a5199108dc63ef504a%7C7cf48d453ddb4389a9c1c115526eb52e%7C0%7C0%7C638495126697409178%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&sdata=S0wXwxqy%2BwzWbF4TND6PQDR49gPCLUg%2Bvc92k1w%2FKHY%3D&reserved=0
Tomorrow and Thursday do not look promising. Friday's SE winds could bring
one final push to end our season.*

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