Mount Peter Hawk Watch – 11/08/14

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A migrating Red-tailed Hawk at Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/08/14.

I had a nice day at Mt. Pete today. The weather was nice – sunny, crisp, and cool without being too cold, and I had enough birds flying to keep it interesting. Thanks to Kyle Dudgeon and Bobby Kerr (whose young eyes helped to locate many birds), and also to Rob Stone and Ajit and Liza Antony for their help. Here’s my report for the day:

Mount Peter
Warwick, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2014
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Species            Day’s Count  /   Month Total  /  Season Total
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Black Vulture              9                    31                 173
Turkey Vulture             7                    82                 436
Osprey                       0                      0                  110
Bald Eagle                  0                      5                   75
Northern Harrier         2                       7                   44
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3                    20                 1111
Cooper’s Hawk          1                     17                  116
Northern Goshawk     0                      0                      0
Red-shouldered Hawk 8                   49                   127
Broad-winged Hawk    0                     0                  5685
Red-tailed Hawk         25                 316                   546
Rough-legged Hawk     0                    0                        0
Golden Eagle                0                    6                        9
American Kestrel           0                    4                    139
Merlin                            0                   1                       23
Peregrine Falcon           0                   1                       12

Total:                           57                 550                  8673

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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Matt Zeitler

Observers: Ajit I. Antony, Rob Stone

Visitors:
Liza Antony, Kyle Dudgeon and Bobby Kerr.
Weather:
Sunny and cool with some clouds. Temperatures ranged from 1 to 8 degrees
Celsius, with moderate winds from the southwest.

Raptor Observations:
One immature and one unknown Northern Harrier.

Three adult, two immature, and three unknown Red-shouldered Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other Species: Ring-billed Gull (15), Canada Goose (17), Dark-eyed Junco
(2), White-breasted Nuthatch (2), American Robin (22), American Goldfinch
(2), Common Raven (2), American Crow (12), Blue Jay (8), Tufted Titmouse
(4), Eastern Bluebird (1), Rock Pigeon (1).

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The always obligatory Turkey Vulture shot. Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/08/14. 
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Not the greatest shot, but a migrating Sharp-shinned Hawk passes on the west side of the viewing platform. Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, 11/08/14. 

On Friday evening I hit the Black Dirt Region and tried again with the American Pipits:

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I’m kind of liking these birds – American Pipit in the Black Dirt Region, Orange County NY, 11/0714. 

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