Mount Peter Hawk Watch, 10/18/14

One of 7 Cooper's Hawks, migrating past Mount Peter Hawk Watch, 10/18/14.
One of 7 Cooper’s Hawks, migrating past Mount Peter Hawk Watch, 10/18/14.

At long last, I finally had a good day at the hawk watch. I got my first migrating raptor before I even had a chance to unpack my gear as I arrived at the platform. Things stayed pretty steady for the rest of the day and in the end, I counted 109 migrating raptors. Thanks to Rob Stone and Rob Pirie (who I met for the first time today) for their help counting. Here’s my report from the day:

Mount Peter
Warwick, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
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Species          Day’s Count / Month Total / Season Total
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Black Vulture               0            2             3
Turkey Vulture             0           46           49
Osprey                       3            27          102
Bald Eagle                  1             6            53
Northern Harrier         1            11            25
Sharp-shinned Hk     83          381          683
Cooper’s Hawk          7             36           53
Northern Goshawk     0             0              0
Red-shouldered Hk    0             11           16
Broad-winged Hk       0               8          5684
Red-tailed Hawk         0              5             6
Rough-legged Hawk   0              0             0
Golden Eagle              0              0             0
American Kestrel         6            26          105
Merlin                          5            11            15
Peregrine Falcon         1             4               9
Unknown Accipiter      0            0                0
Unknown Buteo          1             5              13
Unknown Eagle           0             0               0
Unknown Falcon         1             2                3
Unknown Raptor         0             4              19

Total:                        109         585           6838
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Matt Zeitler

Observers: Rob Stone

Visitors:
Rob Pirie, Rob Stone, Anthony Stone, Kyle Dudgeon, and James & Darlene
Mussi.
Weather:
Cloudy and cool with W winds at approximately 20 km/hr. Temperatures ranged
from 12 to 18 degrees Celsius.

Raptor Observations:
Migrating raptors included: (1) Adult Bald Eagle, (1) Male Northern
Harrier, (5) Unknown American Kestrels, and (1) Female American Kestrel.

Non-migrating raptors included (4) Red-tailed Hawks, many Turkey and Black
Vultures, and a Peregrine Falcon which was seen several times to the north
of the platform but was not seen moving through.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other Species: Blue Jay (112), Tufted Titmouse (4), Black-capped Chickadee
(6), Palm Warbler (1), Canada Goose (84), American Goldfinch (24), Rock
Pigeon (4), American Robin (2), American Crow (23), Red-bellied Woodpecker
(2), Pileated Woodpecker (1), Downy Woodpecker (1), Northern Flicker (1),
Common Raven (2), and Monarch Butterfly (18)

One of 3 migrating Osprey at Mount Peter Hawk Watch, 10/18/14.
One of 3 migrating Osprey at Mount Peter Hawk Watch, 10/18/14.
Highlight of the day for me: FIVE migrating Merlins. These birds just cruise past the watch, so awesome! Mount Peter Hawk Watch, 10/18/14.
Highlight of the day for me: FIVE migrating Merlins. These birds just cruise past the watch, so awesome! Mount Peter Hawk Watch, 10/18/14.

 

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