Sadly, today was my final day of counting at Mount Peter for the season. Next Saturday was supposed to be my last day, but I unfortunately now have to go to work that day. I went out on a pretty good note – after a relatively slow week at Mt. Pete, I had good northwest winds and cooler temperatures, and a total of 61 migrating raptors for the day. Highlights included a Peregrine Falcon and two adult Bald Eagles. Red-tailed Hawks topped the numbers today with a total of 20 migrating birds and at least 4 locals. I had plenty of help up there today – thanks to Ajit Antony, Liza Antony, Carol Linguanti, and Rob Stone who all stopped by.
This was my third and certainly best season at Mount Peter. The Golden Eagle I had on October 17th was a personal highlight, and after my first week when I had only 17 birds, I had pretty good daily totals for the rest of the season. It was a great year for Mount Peter Hawkwatch too, with the highest ever season total of Broad-winged Hawks (11,256) and we are on track to have the second-highest season total of the watch’s 58 years in operation.
Here’s today’s report:
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, Carol Linguanti, Liza Antony, Rob Stone
Cloudy and cool with a northwest wind all day. Temperatures ranged from 11 to 13 degrees Celsius.
Migrating Raptors: (2) Adult Bald Eagles, (3) Unknown Red-shouldered Hawks, and (3) Adult Red-shouldered Hawks. Non-migrating Raptors: (2) Additional adult Bald Eagles headed north. Poor lighting today silhouetted most birds, making identification that much more challenging.
Blue Jay (22), American Crow (46), Downy Woodpecker (2), Common Raven (5), White-breasted Nuthatch (1), American Robin (26), Canada Goose (95), Eastern Bluebird (8), American Goldfinch (3), Red-bellied Woodpecker (1), Cedar Waxwing (18), Ring-billed Gull (11), Common Loon (1).