Mt. Peter Hawk Watch 11/9/13

A Red-tailed Hawk passes over the viewing platform at Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/9/13.
A Red-tailed Hawk passes over the viewing platform at Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/9/13.

So it was my last day of the season as official counter out at Mt. Peter Hawk Watch. On my way to Mt. Peter, I stopped at Lower Wisner Road to look for the NORTHERN SHRIKE that Rob Stone reported yesterday. I relocated the bird in the distance right after my arrival. The bird flew and I didn’t track it very well – I think I was expecting it to return to its perch. Well, it never did, and I only got a brief and distant look at the bird.  So, I tried for it again after the watch and I apparently missed it by 15 minutes. Several folks got to see the bird today, so that is good. Hopefully the bird will stick around and I will get a better look and possibly a photo.

At Mt. Peter,  I had another slow day, but I had some decent photo ops of the birds I did see. Here is my report:

Mount Peter
Warwick, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 09, 2013
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Species            Day’s Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              5             53
Turkey Vulture               4             31            110
Osprey                       0              1            124
Bald Eagle                   2             15            109
Northern Harrier             1             11             50
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             34           1021
Cooper’s Hawk                2              9             60
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             20            106
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           7611
Red-tailed Hawk              7            350            429
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              4
American Kestrel             0              0            112
Merlin                       0              0             14
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               1              5             26

Total:                      19            485           9853
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end   time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Matt Zeitler

Observers:        Rob Stone

Weather:
Cold and cloudy with temperatures from 1 degree Celsius to 9 degrees
Celsius. Light winds all day; from the west in the morning and shifting to
southwest in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagle: 1 Adult, 1 Immature
Red-shouldered Hawk: 2 Unknown
Northern Harrier: 1 Male

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor Species: American Robin (66), Cedar Waxwing (20), Dark-eyed
Junco (5), Ring-billed Gull (1), Common Raven (4), American Crow (13),
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)

A "Gray Ghost" was my last bird of the day. Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/9/13.
A “Gray Ghost” was my last bird of the day. Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/9/13.
I got a really good look at this immature Bald Eagle, Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/9/13.
Just when I thought I wasn’t going to get any birds for the day, this immature Bald Eagle passed over nice and low,  Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/9/13.
I got a really good look at this immature Bald Eagle, Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/9/13.
I got a really good look at this adult Bald Eagle, Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/9/13.

 

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