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19 Mar Bucktoe Creek Preserve (19 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors []
19 Mar Borrego Valley (19 Mar 2017) 580 Raptors []
19 Mar Fort Smallwood Park (19 Mar 2017) 81 Raptors []
19 Mar Gunsight Mountain (19 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors []
19 Mar MPG Ranch (19 Mar 2017) 40 Raptors []
19 Mar MPG Ranch (19 Mar 2017) 40 Raptors []
19 Mar MPG Ranch (19 Mar 2017) 40 Raptors []
19 Mar MPG Ranch (19 Mar 2017) 40 Raptors []
19 Mar Brockway Mountain (17 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors []
19 Mar Tussey Mountain (19 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors []
19 Mar Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (19 Mar 2017) 32 Raptors []
19 Mar Hamburg Hawk Watch (19 Mar 2017) 18 Raptors []
19 Mar Derby Hill Bird Observatory (19 Mar 2017) 18 Raptors []
19 Mar Dinosaur Ridge (19 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors []
19 Mar Allegheny Front (19 Mar 2017) Raptors []
19 Mar Bradbury Mountain State Park (19 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors []
19 Mar Braddock Bay (19 Mar 2017) 9 Raptors []
19 Mar Parksville- Little Mountain (19 Mar 2017) 63 Raptors []
19 Mar Cut Bank Hawkwatch (19 Mar 2017) 29 Raptors []
19 Mar The Wasatch Front (19 Mar 2017) 52 Raptors []
19 Mar Sylvan Beach (19 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors []
19 Mar Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (19 Mar 2017) 502 Raptors []
19 Mar Bethany Hawkwatch (19 Mar 2017) 34 Raptors []
18 Mar Pembina Valley (18 Mar 2017) 33 Raptors []
18 Mar Braddock Bay (18 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors []
15 Mar Sylvan Beach (15 Mar 2017) 51 Raptors []
14 Mar Bucktoe Creek Preserve (13 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors []
15 Mar Dinosaur Ridge (15 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors []
16 Mar Hamburg Hawk Watch (16 Mar 2017) 3 Raptors []
17 Mar Bethany Hawkwatch (17 Mar 2017) 19 Raptors []
18 Mar MPG Ranch (18 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors []
17 Mar Braddock Bay (17 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors []
17 Mar Gunsight Mountain (16 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors []
15 Mar Cut Bank Hawkwatch (15 Mar 2017) 57 Raptors []
17 Mar Hamburg Hawk Watch (17 Mar 2017) 33 Raptors []
17 Mar Presque Isle (17 Mar 2017) 213 Raptors []
17 Mar Fort Smallwood Park (17 Mar 2017) 71 Raptors []
17 Mar Gunsight Mountain (17 Mar 2017) 7 Raptors []
16 Mar Brockway Mountain (15 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors []
14 Mar Borrego Valley (14 Mar 2017) 167 Raptors []
17 Mar Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (17 Mar 2017) 6 Raptors []
18 Mar Gunsight Mountain (18 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors []
14 Mar Bethany Hawkwatch (14 Mar 2017) Raptors []
14 Mar Fort Smallwood Park (13 Mar 2017) 13 Raptors []
17 Mar Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (17 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors []
17 Mar Dinosaur Ridge (17 Mar 2017) 27 Raptors []
17 Mar Dinosaur Ridge (17 Mar 2017) 27 Raptors []
15 Mar Bethany Hawkwatch (15 Mar 2017) 20 Raptors []
16 Mar Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (16 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors []
16 Mar Bethany Hawkwatch (16 Mar 2017) 87 Raptors []
16 Mar Braddock Bay (16 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors []
14 Mar Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (14 Mar 2017) 979 Raptors []
18 Mar Derby Hill Bird Observatory (18 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors []
17 Mar Tussey Mountain (16 Mar 2017) 3 Raptors []
17 Mar Bucktoe Creek Preserve (17 Mar 2017) 19 Raptors []
15 Mar Parksville- Little Mountain (15 Mar 2017) 56 Raptors []
16 Mar Fort Smallwood Park (16 Mar 2017) 32 Raptors []
18 Mar Dinosaur Ridge (18 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors []
17 Mar Derby Hill Bird Observatory (17 Mar 2017) 21 Raptors []
15 Mar Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors []
17 Mar Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors []
17 Mar Sylvan Beach (17 Mar 2017) 7 Raptors []
17 Mar Tussey Mountain (13 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors []
16 Mar Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (16 Mar 2017) 137 Raptors []
17 Mar Ripley Hawk Watch (17 Mar 2017) 213 Raptors []
17 Mar Tussey Mountain (17 Mar 2017) 18 Raptors []
18 Mar Bradbury Mountain State Park (18 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors []
16 Mar Derby Hill Bird Observatory (16 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors []
13 Mar Pembina Valley (11 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors []
18 Mar DOAS - Davis State Park (17 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors []
18 Mar Bucktoe Creek Preserve (18 Mar 2017) 3 Raptors []
13 Mar Gunsight Mountain (13 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors []
16 Mar Ripley Hawk Watch (16 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors []
16 Mar Brockway Mountain (16 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors []
18 Mar Cut Bank Hawkwatch (18 Mar 2017) 6 Raptors []
18 Mar Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (18 Mar 2017) Raptors []

Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (19 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:22:51 -0800
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               4             17             17
Osprey                       2              2              2
Bald Eagle                   1             10             10
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             35             35
Cooper's Hawk                1              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4             44             44
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              3              3
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      15            123            123
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Larry Lewis

Observers:        Gary Stolz, Ian Stewart, Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors:
THE DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE


Visitors (13): Kathleen Pileggi, Ian Stewart, Ollie Stewart, Gary Stolz, Stacey Gummey (plus TLC Group of 8)

Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk Watch!

Weather: Mostly Cloudy becoming Partly Cloudy (75-10% cloud cover), Temps 35-44F, Winds North 10-15 mph Raptor Observations: ----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk, 1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (35) and Turkey Vultures (50).

----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1

Non-raptor Observations: ----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” (BBB) - (Comments on the events & “feel” of the day – read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all! Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isn’t brain surgery. Trust me, I know about that. I’ve already been “dead” once (it’s overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the ultimate fun with what remains of this life!

TODAY’S ‘BBB:’ I got an early start for the early bird breakfast special at the Creek Side Diner in Kennett Square on the way to Bucktoe Creek Preserve - I won’t miss the special today including eggs, sausage, home fries and toast because I’m too late for the 8am breakoff – not this time! No, catch me once and I’ll get it straight the next time. Not gonna charge me more because I’m a few minutes late. Not again - only ONCE! I was there 45 minutes before the cutoff…no problem. Then it’s pointed out to me by my waitress that the special is for Monday thru Friday. With a gulp, I ask, “What day is it today?” You see, a big-time cognitive problem we coma survivors have is remembering days, dates, etc. I can’t tell you how often during my recovery that my nurses, therapists, physicians asked me what day of the week it was and date and I had no idea. They are trained to ask to promote your brain to start working again. They asked so often that I, with my twisted sense of humor, considered getting THEM all a calendar for Christmas because THEY certainly couldn’t know the dates and days, asking me as often as they did! Well, at least I thought that would be funny. Anyway, back to my discussion with the waitress this morning. She informed me with a chuckle, “Today is Sunday.” Drats…missed the special again – not by time, but by day of the week. My new, old nemesis rears its ugly head and bites me again – this time in the “breakfast special!” Seems that breakfast “early bird special” requires time AND day knowledge – they’re asking a lot, from me! Funny, isn’t it? Especially since my company name is “Early Bird Nature Tours!” I can almost taste the irony, if not the early bird special. Oh Hell, how much extra is the full price? I sure hope I can afford to get them a calendar for Christmas! I digest my meal a few dollars lighter than expected in my wallet, still not able to get back to our regular site yet…setting up at main lot for now. Our Red Foxes soon join the winter landscape. First, the healthy one, then the one with the limp – dubbed “Gimpy.” They appeared from the east heading towards the field along Sharp road where I had seen them hunting so much yesterday. Stacey and Gary from TLC were out conducting a winter reptile & amphibian program with 8 folks along. Among the birds, once again flyovers ruled the day – and not just hawks. An adult Lesser Black backed Gull with a group of Herring Gulls became species # 67. Number 68 were two Ospreys, soaring high overhead, in loose association with each other. I’ve been waiting for those to begin coming through. A first year Iceland Gull flew over, likely destined for the landfill, a few miles distant – species #69. Gimpy and friend loped back at 2pm, returning in the direction from whence they had appeared early this morn – hopefully after a day of successful hunting. Still, no sighting of our early Phoebe, but unless they were my “floaters” moving around, I did have three flying insects. So….

----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!

----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 1-Great Blue Hereon, 2-Killdeer, 7-Ring-billed Gull, 11-Herring Gull, 1-ICELAND GULL, 1-LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 2-Horned Lark, 2-Eastern Towhee, 4-White-crowned Sparrow.

----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0); Reptiles & Amphibians (0); Mammals (1): Red Fox.

----EBNT’s “Walk with Nature” ™ Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits: This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend to “bulk up.” Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at all! Therefore, I keep moving (if you’ve been here, then you know that I pace endlessly….) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my “Walk with Nature” program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are certainly welcome to take it easy….I simply choose not to, affording me a panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our “Walk with Nature!” ™ Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 5.49; Steps: 12,879; Floors: 27.

----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else we’re seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will feature an approximation (very rough, best “guestimate,” – raptors must remain our primary focus) for totals of each species seen for “The Watch” year.

TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 47; this season: 69

NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (3):” LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, Osprey, ICELAND GULL.

Predictions: Tomorrow looks like a good migration day - mild with moderate winds and a few background clouds to see them against.

Come join us, folks! We’re here every day, 9am thru 3pm (at least). Rain or shine…. This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds. The Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at earlybirdtours AT comcast.net with questions or comments. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours AT comcast.net) Site Description: High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek Directions to site: From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County): Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway, make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
Subject: Borrego Valley (19 Mar 2017) 580 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:16:50 -0800
Borrego Valley
Borrego Springs, California, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             60             72
Osprey                       0              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk            580           6826           7396
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     580           6891           7476
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 10:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Pam Albers

Observers:        Hal Cohen, Rose Marie Leong

Visitors:
Jan and David from Dorset. Kevin and Tera from San Francisco.


Weather:
Warm and clear.

Raptor Observations:
SWHA lifted off at 0917 (0817 standard time). Several kettles dotted the
sky east of the evening watch site. 160 eventually migrated through Coyote
Canyon. The balance of the birds then seemed to be new arrivals and
migrated without kettling or landing. A small group of 76 went overhead at
the alternate watch site. The rest were higher and directly east of us.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Robert Theriault (rtheriau AT uci.edu)


Subject: Fort Smallwood Park (19 Mar 2017) 81 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:02:00 -0800
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               16             34             36
Turkey Vulture              62            526            585
Osprey                       2             33             34
Bald Eagle                   0             23             27
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             11             11
Cooper's Hawk                1             11             11
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             18
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             12             13
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              6              6
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      81            671            745
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Observation start time: 10:45:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter:        Sue Ricciardi

Observers:        

Visitors:
Abby and Steve plus 2


Weather:
Mostly cloudy at the start after the morning rain/snow, becoming partly
cloudy; 40-49 degrees; excellent visibility; winds from the north,
sometimes with a northwest component, 7-15 mph, gusting to 16 mph

Raptor Observations:
Vultures started to fly as soon as the skies began to clear

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (susiericc AT comcast.net)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html


Site Description:
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at
the mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are from the southwest.

Subject: Gunsight Mountain (19 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:45:37 -0800
Gunsight Mountain
Eureka, Alaska, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
OS                           0              0              0
BE                           0              0              0
NH                           0              0              0
SS                           0              0              0
NG                           0              3              3
RT                           0              0              0
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           4             20             20
AK                           0              0              0
ML                           0              0              0
PG                           0              0              0
GY                           0              0              0
UA                           0              0              0
UB                           0              0              0
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              0              0

Total:                       4             23             23
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Frank Simeone

Observers:        

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Neil Paprocki (npaprocki AT hawkwatch.org)
Gunsight Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.hawkwatch.org/migration/item/996-gunsight-mountain


Subject: MPG Ranch (19 Mar 2017) 40 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:24:24 -0800
MPG Ranch
Florence, Montana, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   9             19             19
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             25            109            109
Rough-legged Hawk            2              8              8
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 3              6              6
American Kestrel             0              4              4
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      40            155            155
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Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        RVRI

Observers:        Andrew, Jack Toriello, Stephen

Weather:
Partly sunny with moderate north winds during the count.

Raptor Observations:
Decent amount of migrant Red-tailed Hawks and several other raptors moving.
A highlight for the watch was a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk chased by a light
morph Rough-legged Hawk this afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Three Sandhill Cranes were spotted in the early hours of the count today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Kate Stone (kstone AT mpgranch.com)


Subject: MPG Ranch (19 Mar 2017) 40 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:24:24 -0800
MPG Ranch
Florence, Montana, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   9             19             19
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             25            109            109
Rough-legged Hawk            2              8              8
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 3              6              6
American Kestrel             0              4              4
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      40            155            155
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        RVRI

Observers:        Andrew, Jack Toriello, Stephen

Weather:
Partly sunny with moderate north winds during the count.

Raptor Observations:
Decent amount of migrant Red-tailed Hawks and several other raptors moving.
A highlight for the watch was a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk chased by a light
morph Rough-legged Hawk this afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Three Sandhill Cranes were spotted in the early hours of the count today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Kate Stone (kstone AT mpgranch.com)


Subject: MPG Ranch (19 Mar 2017) 40 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:24:24 -0800
MPG Ranch
Florence, Montana, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   9             19             19
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             25            109            109
Rough-legged Hawk            2              8              8
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 3              6              6
American Kestrel             0              4              4
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      40            155            155
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        RVRI

Observers:        Andrew, Jack Toriello, Stephen

Weather:
Partly sunny with moderate north winds during the count.

Raptor Observations:
Decent amount of migrant Red-tailed Hawks and several other raptors moving.
A highlight for the watch was a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk chased by a light
morph Rough-legged Hawk this afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Three Sandhill Cranes were spotted in the early hours of the count today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Kate Stone (kstone AT mpgranch.com)


Subject: MPG Ranch (19 Mar 2017) 40 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:24:09 -0800
MPG Ranch
Florence, Montana, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   9             19             19
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             25            109            109
Rough-legged Hawk            2              8              8
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 3              6              6
American Kestrel             0              4              4
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      40            155            155
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        RVRI

Observers:        Andrew, Jack Toriello, Stephen

Weather:
Partly sunny with moderate north winds during the count.

Raptor Observations:
Decent amount of migrant Red-tailed Hawks and several other raptors moving.
A highlight for the watch was a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk chased by a light
morph Rough-legged Hawk this afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Three Sandhill Cranes were spotted in the early hours of the count today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Kate Stone (kstone AT mpgranch.com)


Subject: Brockway Mountain (17 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:05:30 -0800
Brockway Mountain
Copper Harbor, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              4              4
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       1              4              4
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Tim Baerwald

Observers:        

Weather:
 Light snow increased to a near white out forcing an early end to the
count. South winds reached a code 7, temps peaked at 0. 

Raptor Observations:
The south winds gave hope for a flight, but the snow shut down any hope of
that.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Tim Baerwald ()
Brockway Mountain information may be found at:
http://brockwayhawkwatch.org/


Subject: Tussey Mountain (19 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:30:08 -0800
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture               1             24             74
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              6              7
Northern Harrier             0              0              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              1              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             11
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             28             34
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                14             48             66
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              3

Total:                      16            126            207
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:15:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.75 hours

Official Counter:        Lewis Grove

Observers:        Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
Overcast with 5-15 mph NW winds.  Ridge was shrouded in low clouds until
roughly 12:30 EST, and cloud layer slowly rose throughout the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1416 Sub-ad, 1435 Ad, 1510 Ad, 1511 Ad, 1511 Ad, 1512 Sub-ad, 1514
Ad, 1520 Ad, 1547 Ad, 1559 Ad, 1610 Ad, 1610 Ad, 1622 Ad, 1625 Ad, 1629 Ad

BAEA: 1642 Ad

Non-raptor Observations:
EABL - 6; RWBL - 4

Predictions:
Mix of clouds and sun; warmer with relatively light WNW winds.  Could well
be birds moving in the morning.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lewis Grove (zugunlew AT gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/


Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (19 Mar 2017) 32 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:17:46 -0800
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              12             72            109
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              4              7
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              5              6
Cooper's Hawk                1              8              8
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          5              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             14             62             98
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              4

Total:                      32            162            243
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Chris Escott

Observers:        

Visitors:
Debbie and Steve Wood, Eric Holden, Sherry Pilkington, Joey Gardiner, Mike
and Christine Bell.


Weather:
Started out fairly mild but overcast. The NE breeze picked up a bit during
the morning but, by mid-day, it was still overcast with very little wind.
Skies cleared during the afternoon and by the end of the count there wasn't
a cloud in the sky and it was quite calm -- the wind never picked up all
day as had been forecast.

Raptor Observations:
Slow day with just the occasional one or two birds at a time, and nothing
very remarkable other than the first Red-Shouldered Hawks of the season to
be reported from Beamer.

Non-raptor Observations:
Very slow day for non-raptors as well -- nothing worth commenting on unless
the lack of songbirds and interesting fly-overs is worth mentioning!

Predictions:
Forecast suggests a pleasant morning with rain moving in during the
afternoon. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Chris Escott ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.

 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. ©2017 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 



Subject: Hamburg Hawk Watch (19 Mar 2017) 18 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:02:25 -0800
Hamburg Hawk Watch
Hamburg, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              18             44             44
Osprey                       0              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      18             54             54
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Sharon Sisti

Observers:        

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Light winds, full cloud cover, temps around 3C.

Raptor Observations:
Only TV's

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Cloudy, with a high near 40. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sharon Sisti (sharonsisti AT yahoo.com)


Subject: Derby Hill Bird Observatory (19 Mar 2017) 18 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:26:49 -0800
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Mexico, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               9             74             88
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1             40             58
Northern Harrier             0              4             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             19             24
Cooper's Hawk                2             17             30
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             17             20
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2            180            291
Rough-legged Hawk            2             11             28
Golden Eagle                 0              8             11
American Kestrel             1              4              5
Merlin                       1              4              6
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              2

Total:                      18            379            576
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel, Gerry Smith

Observers:        Judy Thurber, Kevin McGann

Visitors:
Two.


Weather:
Light winds were mostly from the north, and windspeed became slightly
stronger as the day went on. Skies were cloudy in the morning, but quickly
cleared. 

Raptor Observations:
A few Turkey Vultures were moving. Several local red-tails and Bald Eagles
were very active but it was clear that most individuals of these species
were lollygagging about, not migrating.

Non-raptor Observations:
Several hundred Canada Geese were hanging around in the south lookout farm
fields, with a few Snow Geese mixed in. Most of the geese seemed to be
resting and feeding today, and there was little movement happening.

Predictions:
Light winds should start out from the south southwest, eventually becoming
west southwesterly and then westerly. Overcast skies and temperatures in
the low to high thirties are predicted. It would be better if skies were
clear and temperatures warmer, but a few raptors should be on the move. It
will likely be a north lookout morning, with a possible transition to the
south lookout in the afternoon depending on the flight.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Anna Stunkel ()
Derby Hill Bird Observatory information may be found at:
http://onondagaaudubon.com/derby-hill-bird-observatory/


Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (19 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:31:17 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4            105            105
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             0              5              5
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Prairie Falcon               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                1              9              9
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                       5            144            144
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Fernandez

Observers:        Karen Fernandez

Visitors:
A busy Colorado morning with almost all hikers and families (very few
bikers). No elk or deer spotted. A trail runner who spent some time
observing with us had some curiousity and stated he talked with HawkWatch
members during the on-the-hill orientation this year. New Jeffco open space
ranger appeared but was not conversational.  


Weather:
Warm, sunny and dry with a steady breeze for the duration. "Sunshine" fire
west of Boulder did not seem to impact visibility. Criss-crossing aircraft
con trails all day helped share sightings. Winds shifted to the west and
south at noon, seemed to move some fliers from west to overhead, but
shifted back to ESE soon after. Most sightings today were over western
ridges or very high directly above. 

Raptor Observations:
Overall, a neck aching, arm numbing day; we needed a Lazyboy on the ridge!
Back to reality: A diffifcult day for raptor-at-elevation identification.
All day, raptors tended to ride thermals starting south of the ridge, a few
then dropped down to low west of ridge, ride another up in front of Two
Pines and then spiral north over Apex and Lookout towards Boulder. Others
disappeared above 10x binoc limit. Two wide-area local RTHA appeared
several times AM & PM circling over Green Mountain. Four likely BAEA  (ID:
shape of wing) circled high over Mt Morrison mid AM but ID was compromised
as they reached the limit of 10x binocs and we did not see them proceed
north of Mount Morrison; not counted. Either a Rough-Legged Hawk or
Ferugginous Hawk appeared at south end of ridge (late AM mst), rode up to
limit of binocs then northwest to Power Lines and then, unfortunately,
behind horizon at Subpeak, although consistently moving northward; counted
as Unkown Buteo. All day we observed several red-tailed hawks of "migratory
status undetermined" (they may be locals of a wider area, but they were not
the nearby locals we know) rise beyond sight above us and their movement
from there was not perceptible.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-Raptors seen or heard (and reported on eBird): Northern Flicker (2),
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay (2), Black-billed Magpie (5), American Crow (13),
Common Raven (5), Black-capped Chickadee (1), Bushtit (1), Townsend's
Solitaire (1), American Robin (2), Dark-eyed Junco (1), Western Meadowlark
(1) and House Finch (1). No observations of elk or deer today. 

Predictions:
Scope recommended, as noted in previous submissions. What about setting up
a loaner to check out at the Dinosaur Ridge Discover Center? Their hours
through April are Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, then open till 5:00 PM in May. Not ideal but could
make it work. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

Subject: Allegheny Front (19 Mar 2017) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:17:37 -0800
Allegheny Front
Central City, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              0
TV                           0             12             32
OS                           0              0              0
BE                           0              2             12
NH                           0              3              6
SS                           0              1              5
CH                           0              4              7
NG                           0              1              1
RS                           0              3             19
BW                           0              0              0
RT                           0             19             72
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0             20             42
AK                           0              0              1
ML                           0              0              0
PG                           0              0              0
UA                           0              0              1
UB                           0              0              4
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              0              3

Total:                       0             65            205
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Stewart

Observers:        

Visitors:
None


Weather:
AM dense fog- coverage started at 1200.
Near 100% cloud cover.
Fog and hoard frost.
Wind from NW at 13 to 19 mph.
Temp -0.9 degrees C to -0.6 degrees C.
Visibility 2 km to 8.5 km.
SEE ROAD CONDITIONS BELOW IN OBSERVATIONS
Site not expected to manned on Monday due to deep snow on lane.


Raptor Observations:
No migrating raptors.
Several local Turkey Vultures meandering the valley.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped chickadee, eastern bluebirds, downy
woodpecker, crows.
ROAD CONDITIONS:
Lambert Mtn road is not plowed and has about 3 inches of snow.
The hawk watch lane has 6 or more inches of heavy snow.
A vehicle with high ground clearance is a must.
The grassy area of the watch is bare along with the parking area.


Predictions:
Some sun.
Cloudy in afternoon with possible showers.
Wind from WSW at 7 mph.
Site not expected to be manned, therefore the gate will be closed !
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Stewart (bob AT stewart.net)


Subject: Bradbury Mountain State Park (19 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:13:22 -0800
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Pownal, Maine, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2              9              9
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   3             22             22
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1             11             11
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       8             51             51
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Zane Baker

Observers:        Dave Gulick, Derek Lovitch, Tim Paul

Visitors:
Snowmobilers, skiers, hikers, and birders enjoyed the warm temperatures and
visibility from atop Bradbury today.
I'm still amazed by the conversations and behavior of strangers which occur
on the top of this mountain.
It provides some welcome entertainment on slower days.
Thanks to everyone who has come up to help spot or chat about birds. 


Weather:
  Today started with overcast skies and a chilly breeze from the northeast.
By mid morning clouds made way for bright sun, and temperatures quickly
rose to a few degrees above freezing.
  Winds varied between northeast and east for the remainder of the day.
 Cloud cover was high and thin. 

Raptor Observations:
  Local Red-tailed Hawks were seen kiting to our west in an area known as
The Gap. Bald Eagles continue to try to confuse the spotters, but 8
migrants on easterly winds in March were a little more than expected given
the persistent regional snow-cover.
  Our first Sharp-shinned Hawk crept low in front of the summit, alighting
briefly, and almost getting by undetected.
We could have an established Red-shouldered Hawk on territory near Pownal
center. the bird has been seen foraging in the same area for a couple of
days now. It could just be held up by the recent snow covering the ground.
Time will tell


Non-raptor Observations:
7 Canada Geese were seen flying north.
14 species were seen or heard from the summit.


Predictions:
   Seasonably mild temperatures are predicted for tomorrow, which will be a
pleasant change. The pending storm has moved offshore and doesn't appear to
be a threat.
   Sunny skies should generate some thermals for the birds, before
afternoon clouds roll in. Lighter winds should be more northerly than
northeasterly, perhaps going to northwest by the afternoon, which will also
be more favorable for migrants. With sun and warmer temperatures, I think
we could see more migrants than the past few days.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at:
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp


Subject: Braddock Bay (19 Mar 2017) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:54:50 -0800
Braddock Bay
Rochester, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             54             54
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   2             30             30
Northern Harrier             0             12             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                5              7              7
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1             48             48
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              2              2
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       9            155            155
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Baez

Observers:        

Visitors:
Dale,Alex Fisher and several others. Alex helped with the count.


Weather:
Mild NE and NNE winds all day. Mild temp. The platform was better than more
southerly venues. Count started at 900 EST and ended 1630

Raptor Observations:
Good show by hunting male Kestrel

Non-raptor Observations:
Northern Shrike robins and blackbirds more numerous

Predictions:
Tomorrow is the Spring Equinox
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Baez (caau99 AT yahoo.com)
Braddock Bay information may be found at:
http://www.bbrr.org/


Subject: Parksville- Little Mountain (19 Mar 2017) 63 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:20:49 -0800
Parksville- Little Mountain
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               4             12             12
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  47            101            273
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3              8             12
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              1
Northern Goshawk             2              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              5             10             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              4
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      63            137            323
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Guy L. Monty

Observers:        Donna Monty, Epi Shemming, Kim Wetten, Mark Wynja

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Guy L. Monty (guylmonty AT gmail.com)


Subject: Cut Bank Hawkwatch (19 Mar 2017) 29 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:16:19 -0800
Cut Bank Hawkwatch
Cut Bank, Montana, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   6             90             93
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            2             48             50
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             1             31             31
Golden Eagle                13             75             77
American Kestrel             1              1              1
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               2             10             10
Gyrfalcon                    0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3              3

Total:                      29            274            281
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Magarian

Observers:        Kate Atkins

Visitors:
The warm weather delivered a few inquisitive visitors.


Weather:
Temps in the 40s, partly cloudy, low to moderate NNW/N/W winds, variable in
the last hour then building as we wrapped up. Shimmer was pretty brutal.

Raptor Observations:
A good push from 1000-1100 MST, mostly Golden Eagles. We logged our first
Kestrel today. Flight line was mostly along the west bluff/ridge and
distant, but a handful of birds rolled up the coulee and east over town.
Local FH were observed courting over town, and a pair of light RT also were
courting across the coulee just north of the trestle. Also noted two local
Prairies kicking around.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 more Sandhill Cranes wheeled through, west of town. Gulls pushed
consistently, mostly Ring-billed. 300 Snow Geese, 100 Canadas, 4 Mallards.
Heard a Robin and a handful of Killdeer. 

Predictions:
A bit cooler, but similar conditions predicted overall. Not expecting a
counter.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Kate Atkins (kate.atkins AT gmail.com)


Subject: The Wasatch Front (19 Mar 2017) 52 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:12:34 -0800
The Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              11             11             11
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                6              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             30             30             30
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             1              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1

Total:                      52             52             52
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:15:00 
Observation end   time: 13:45:00 
Total observation time: 2.57 hours

Official Counter:        Neil Paprocki

Observers:        

Weather:
New Salt Lake City OP: Terrace Hills HawkWatch Knoll.
light SE to South winds becoming steadier out of the South.

Raptor Observations:
Locals: GOEA 3, TUVU 2, COHA 1, RTHA 2.

Non-raptor Observations:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35286162
========================================================================
Report submitted by Neil Paprocki (npaprocki AT hawkwatch.org)
The Wasatch Front information may be found at:
http://www.hawkwatch.org/


Subject: Sylvan Beach (19 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:16:44 -0800
Sylvan Beach
La Porte, Texas, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1             73             73
Turkey Vulture               1             59             59
Osprey                       0              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0             11             11
White-tailed Kite            0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
White-tailed Hawk            0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Aplomado Falcon              0              0              0
Crested Caracara             0              9              9
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1

Total:                       5            170            170
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter:        John and Lynn Wright

Observers:        Alison Baylis, Debra Pence, Jennifer Smith-Castro,
                  Sandy Crystal Vaughn, Susan Long, Tim Long

Weather:
Haze and fog to start the count and then blue skies took over.  Light or no
wind, 69-74F, 99 to 77% humidity, barometric pressure 30.28. 

Raptor Observations:
Once the fog lifted, we saw a few birds - 1 Black Vulture, 1 Turkey
Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, and our first Broad-winged Hawk of the season! 
The raptors were very high by the time the fog cleared.  Local birds
included several Black and Turkey Vultures and a local Cooper's Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
White Pelicans, Anhinga, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Red-bellied
Woodpeckers, Killdeer, Cedar Waxwings, White Ibis, Northern Rough-winged
Swallows.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lynn Wright (lynn-wright AT comcast.net)


Subject: Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (19 Mar 2017) 502 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:30:58 -0800
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
Mission, Texas, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3            173            173
Turkey Vulture             450          13737          13737
Osprey                       1             25             25
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              1              1
White-tailed Kite            2             19             19
Mississippi Kite             0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3              3
Cooper's Hawk                5             17             17
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk           34             87             87
Swainson's Hawk              1              6              6
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
White-tailed Hawk            1              2              2
Short-tailed Hawk            0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              3              3
Harris's Hawk                2             30             30
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Crested Caracara             0             20             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Gray Hawk                    3             30             30
Hook-billed Kite             0              1              1

Total:                     502          14176          14176
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        John Kaye

Observers:        Gloria Galindo, Joaquin Galindo, Richard Galindo

Visitors:
12 adults and three kids visited. Two adults and their three children
stayed for three hours and assisted in the hawk count. Six of the adults
were experienced birders and stayed for two hours. The rest were with us
for an hour. A slow but steady flow of TUVUs and BWHAs kept us busy for the
first two hours and we were able to apply lessons in the sky rather than
just in the head (always a good thing).


Weather:
Skies were partly cloudy. Winds were moderate. Temps ranged from 21ºC to
26ºC. Humidity was high. There was no precipitation. Visibility was good to
unlimited. Barometric pressure rose from 30.23 to 30.26 inches of Mercury.
Dew points ranged from 68ºF to 70ºF with cloud cover between 300 and 1,200
feet.

Raptor Observations:
Nine migrating raptor species were seen. We also saw two local Gray Hawks.
All in all we have over 500 raptors. 


Non-raptor Observations:
35 other species were observed. The bird of the day was Laughing Gull (not
usually seen from the tower, but 60 gave us a visit today).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park 
(roy.rodriguez AT tpwd.state.tx.us) 

Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park information may be found at:
http://www.worldbirdingcenter.org/


Subject: Bethany Hawkwatch (19 Mar 2017) 34 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:14:20 -0800
Bethany Hawkwatch
Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  32            352            710
Northern Harrier             2              3              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              2
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      34            361            738
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Marty Rost

Observers:        

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Mary Rost ()
Bethany Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.blc.edu


Subject: Pembina Valley (18 Mar 2017) 33 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:02:13 -0800
Pembina Valley
Windygates, Manitoba, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  27            117            121
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             1              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0             11             11
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2             15             15
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                      33            155            159
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.75 hours

Official Counter:        Luc Blanchette

Observers:        Curtis Wall

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Luc Blanchette (luc_jg_blanchette AT yahoo.ca)
Pembina Valley information may be found at:
http://www.arocha.org/


Subject: Braddock Bay (18 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:03:50 -0800
Braddock Bay
Rochester, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             54             54
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1             28             28
Northern Harrier             0             12             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             47             47
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       1            146            146
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Baez

Observers:        

Weather:
Snow started at 900. Started count 1400 and ended 1530 with drizzle.

Raptor Observations:
Local imm and adult Red-tailed, fem Northern Harrier, imm and adult Bald
Eagle. Adult Bald Eagle escorted another adult out to the east

Non-raptor Observations:
Northern Shrike. Very little open water on Braddock Bay, most of the ducks
on the N side.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Baez (caau99 AT yahoo.com)
Braddock Bay information may be found at:
http://www.bbrr.org/


Subject: Sylvan Beach (15 Mar 2017) 51 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:17:16 -0800
Sylvan Beach
La Porte, Texas, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               27             65             65
Turkey Vulture              16             54             54
Osprey                       2              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0             10             10
White-tailed Kite            0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              4              4
White-tailed Hawk            0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Aplomado Falcon              0              0              0
Crested Caracara             5              9              9
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      51            152            152
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        George Kyame

Observers:        Chris Anastas, Gib Larson, Helle Brown, John Jons,
                  Katie Kyame, Mark Carter, Mary Christian, Patty Trimingham,
                  Royce Pendergast, Steve Arvedson

Weather:
Moderate winds out of the ENE, 55-61F, 80 to 76% humidity, barometric
pressure 30.0, clear skies.

Raptor Observations:
27 Black Vultures, 16 Turkey Vultures, 2 Osprey, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 5
Crested Caracara

Non-raptor Observations:
30 Cedar Waxwings, 52 White Pelicans, 36 White Ibis
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lynn Wright (lynn-wright AT comcast.net)


Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (13 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:25:59 -0800
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              3              3
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              9              9
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             29             29
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4             36             36
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              2              2
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       8             86             86
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Larry Lewis

Observers:        Chris Weaver, Kathleen Pileggi, Sue McLaughlin

Visitors:
Visitors (6):  Sue Geiger, Bob Suter, Chris Weaver, Kathleen Pileggi, Sue
McLaughlin.


Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk Watch!

Weather: Mostly Cloudy (75% cloud cover), Temps 22-36F, Winds E 5-10 mph Raptor Observations: ----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (15) and Turkey Vultures (40).

Non-raptor Observations: ----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” (BBB) - (Comments on the events & “feel” of the day – read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all! Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isn’t brain surgery. Trust me, I know about that. I’ve already been “dead” once (it’s overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the ultimate fun with what remains of this life!

TODAY’S ‘BBB:’ No wind this morning – already a plus! Feeders are active; they seem to know what’s on the way. I feel something big is on the way, too. I just hope it has wings attached and not this storm! We’ll see… The sky was to dream for; a near perfect background of mostly high clouds. A precursor of what was to come. My friend, Chris, from Wild Birds Unlimited in Glen Mills, stopped by today to deliver feed for the birds. Great job Chris and thanks for your support! You and your store are fantastic! A quick loop around the meadow fringe today produced a Brown Creeper (species #57) and “our” early-returning Phoebe. He’s surviving, but his activity has changed. To catch his prey of insects, he was now landing on the ground and apprehending….something. Still, he appeared well. Hang in there intrepid soul; the true test begins with tonight’s snow storm. I hope to see you alive, well, and thriving afterwards. My van’s battery died as a result of me using it to recharge my laptop and phone for field use. That never happened before. A few calls and texts were made to friends, and one – Sue Geiger – came to my rescue. THANK YOU, Sue! While I waited for Sue’s arrival a Barred Owl hooted at 3:14 – same as yesterday, twice. Some will think this whole “battery crisis” thing was a ploy - all along - to increase my turnout. Believe what you will….thy cynic. Believe what thy will…. At any rate, I’m certain I won’t be able to make it to “the watch” tomorrow. And it’s doubtful for Wednesday. I’m aiming for Thursday…

----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!

----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 1-Killdeer, 7-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Barred Owl, 1-Eastern Phoebe, 15-Horned Lark, 1-Brown Creeper, 1-Eastern Towhee, 10-White-crowned Sparrow.

----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0); Reptiles & Amphibians (0); Mammals (0).

----EBNT’s “Walk with Nature” ™ Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits: This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend to “bulk up.” Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at all! Therefore, I keep moving (if you’ve been here, then you know that I pace endlessly….) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my “Walk with Nature” program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are certainly welcome to take it easy….I simply choose not to, affording me a panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our “Walk with Nature!” ™ Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 6.45; Steps: 15,141; Floors: 27.

----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else we’re seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will feature an approximation (very rough, best “guestimate,” – raptors must remain our primary focus) for totals of each species seen for “The Watch” year.

TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 41; this season: 57

NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Brown Creeper.

Predictions: Tomorrow will be a snow day....a blizzard. No way I'll be there for the next two days, I'm afraid. No way, I'd be able to see anything if I did! Thursday morning is my goal...

Come join us, folks! We’re here every day, 9am thru 3pm (at least). Rain or shine….just not SNOW! This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds. The Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at earlybirdtours AT comcast.net with questions or comments. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours AT comcast.net) Site Description: High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek Directions to site: From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County): Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway, make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (15 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:47:45 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             80             80
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Prairie Falcon               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1              2              2
Unknown Buteo                1              5              5
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                       5            104            104
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Roger Rouch

Observers:        

Visitors:
None.


Weather:
Partly cloudy, calm and seasonably warm, if not hot.  A breeze from the NE
around 0-1 Bft. early then from the NW around 1-2 Bft.  Temps rose from the
lower 50's to lower 70's.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors appeared to enjoy the good thermals of a warm calm day.  Of five
migrating, four were "at the limit of 10X binoculars". Local raptor
activity was relatively light. Three or four probably local high spiraling
Red-Tailed were lost in the blue or clouds before any sense of flight
direction could be determined.   

Non-raptor Observations:
Also seen were Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, American Robin,
Townsend's Solitaire, Western Scrub-Jay, Mountain Chickadee.  A band of
eight or ten Bushtit twittered through the brush in the afternoon.

Predictions:
The schedule doesn't show a counter for tomorrow, Thursday.  If the calm
and warm weather persists, a guess would be for high fliers as thermals
develop.  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

Subject: Hamburg Hawk Watch (16 Mar 2017) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:55:22 -0800
Hamburg Hawk Watch
Hamburg, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              1              1
Northern Harrier             1              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       3              3              3
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 13:45:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Marcie Jacklin

Observers:        Jim Landau, Lynda Goodridge

Visitors:
Jim Landau


Weather:
Partial cloudy, with a cold wind. Snow on the ground.

Raptor Observations:
Only 3 raptors observed.

Non-raptor Observations:
More than 200 starlings, 28 Common Grackles, 17 Redwing Blackbirds and 15
American Robins taking advantage of bare lawn areas to forage. Great Blue
Heron flew over and 1 Killdeer on the road.

Predictions:
Migration likely stalled today because the storm. Hopefully the birds will
start moving again tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Marcie Jacklin (mjacklin AT BrockU.CA)


Subject: Bethany Hawkwatch (17 Mar 2017) 19 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:25:52 -0800
Bethany Hawkwatch
Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  16            320            678
Northern Harrier             1              1              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              2
Cooper's Hawk                2              2              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              2
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      19            327            704
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Marty Rost

Observers:        Jim Amundson

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Mary Rost ()
Bethany Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.blc.edu


Subject: MPG Ranch (18 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:31:47 -0800
MPG Ranch
Florence, Montana, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0             10             10
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             12             84             84
Rough-legged Hawk            1              6              6
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             2              4              4
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      15            115            115
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        RVRI

Observers:        Jack Toriello

Weather:
Winds were from the north for the duration of the count. Cloud cover was
close to %100 throughout the day. Light drizzle switched to rain at 14:00. 

Raptor Observations:
Local GOEA (juvenile). Our raptor flight picked up in the 12:00 hour with
our biggest push of 10 RTHA. However, the flight quickly diminished with
the increase in rain.

Non-raptor Observations:
WEME, HOLA, TRES, EUST, MOBL, CORA, CANG.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Kate Stone (kstone AT mpgranch.com)


Subject: Braddock Bay (17 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:40:22 -0800
Braddock Bay
Rochester, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             54             54
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1             27             27
Northern Harrier             0             12             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                1              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              6             47             47
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       8            145            145
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Baez

Observers:        Daena Ford

Visitors:
Gary Diamond, Alex Fisher and Daena contributed to the count


Weather:
Wins mild from W and WSW. High temp of 41. Comfortable day.

Raptor Observations:
Not many migrants but local birds active

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Red Foxes, Northern Shrike
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Baez (caau99 AT yahoo.com)
Braddock Bay information may be found at:
http://www.bbrr.org/


Subject: Gunsight Mountain (16 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:56:13 -0800
Gunsight Mountain
Eureka, Alaska, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
OS                           0              0              0
BE                           0              0              0
NH                           0              0              0
SS                           0              0              0
NG                           0              1              1
RT                           0              0              0
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           2              6              6
AK                           0              0              0
ML                           0              0              0
PG                           0              0              0
GY                           0              0              0
UA                           0              0              0
UB                           0              0              0
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              0              0

Total:                       2              7              7
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Frank Nicoletti

Observers:        Frank Simeone

Weather:
Very cold and windy today but our counters are troopers and hanging in
there!

Raptor Observations:
BAEA 2.

Non-raptor Observations:
GRAJ 1, BBMA 2, CORA 4, CORE 12.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Neil Paprocki (npaprocki AT hawkwatch.org)
Gunsight Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.hawkwatch.org/migration/item/996-gunsight-mountain


Subject: Cut Bank Hawkwatch (15 Mar 2017) 57 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:59:43 -0800
Cut Bank Hawkwatch
Cut Bank, Montana, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  27             54             57
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk           12             19             21
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             3             13             13
Golden Eagle                13             32             34
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       1              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               1              5              5
Gyrfalcon                    0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      57            128            135
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Magarian

Observers:        Arthur Green

Weather:
Partly sunny with a brisk SW wind. Temp 12 - 13 C.

Raptor Observations:
Non-migrants observed:
Bald Eagle - 2 AD
Rough-legged Hawk - 2 Light morphs
Ferruginous Hawk - 2 Light morphs
Prairie Falcon - 2 Local pair
Golden Eagle - 2 Local pair

Non-raptor Observations:
Many migrant California and Ring-billed Gulls. One Herring Gull. One flock
of Northern Pintail and a number of Canada Goose flocks. One Killdeer. One
North Flicker. Local Common Ravens and a good number of migrant American
Crows.

Predictions:
Cooler with stronger westerly winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Magarian (tmagarian AT alumni.unity.edu)


Subject: Hamburg Hawk Watch (17 Mar 2017) 33 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:42:53 -0800
Hamburg Hawk Watch
Hamburg, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              26             26             26
Osprey                       1              1              1
Bald Eagle                   2              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      33             36             36
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Jerry Thurn

Observers:        Dennis Russell, Jim Landau, Joe Sullivan, Mark Nichter

Visitors:
Marty Russel


Weather:
Nice Spring day, with light variable winds, increasing clouds and watch
time progressed

Raptor Observations:
Mostly TV, with two immature BE, nice dark phase adult RL. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Nothing of note.

Predictions:
Forecast for March 18, calls for lite snow before 10am, then rain likely,
High temp to be 4 C. With 5-7 mph East wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jerry Thurn (geraldthurn AT verizon.net)


Subject: Presque Isle (17 Mar 2017) 213 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:03:28 -0800
Presque Isle
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             193            210            255
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   4              4              4
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             11             13             18
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            1              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     213            232            282
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Jerry McWilliams

Observers:        Jerry McWilliams

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Hazy sun with heavier clouds to the west that did not reach the watch
before the day was done.  Nice light SW wind, but still cold.

Raptor Observations:
A slow start to the day, but it picked up around 1030 EST.  Vultures were
the main birds on the move, light but steady through the day and hanging
along the shoreline.  Very few hawks.  Highlight was a Peregrine Falcon.  A
large accipiter, possibly a goshawk, slipped past very high

Non-raptor Observations:
Not much else moving except a few crows.

Predictions:
Continued cold with precipitation in the form of snow or sleet.  Doesn't
look good for a flight, nor does the rest of the next several days. 
Certainly a slow start to the hawk watching season.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jerry McWilliams (jerrymcw AT aol.com)
Presque Isle information may be found at:
http://www.presqueisleaudubon.org


Subject: Fort Smallwood Park (17 Mar 2017) 71 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:53:45 -0800
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             18             20
Turkey Vulture              63            464            523
Osprey                       2             31             32
Bald Eagle                   0             23             27
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             11             11
Cooper's Hawk                1             10             10
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             18
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3             12             13
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              6              6
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      71            590            664
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Sue Ricciardi

Observers:        Chris Reed

Weather:
Partly cloudy; 38-47 degrees; excellent visibility; winds mostly from the
west, sometimes with a northwest component, 8-12 mph

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
58 Gadwalls, influx of American Robins and White-throated Sparrows
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (susiericc AT comcast.net)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html


Site Description:
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at
the mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are from the southwest.

Subject: Gunsight Mountain (17 Mar 2017) 7 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:23:43 -0800
Gunsight Mountain
Eureka, Alaska, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
OS                           0              0              0
BE                           0              0              0
NH                           0              0              0
SS                           0              0              0
NG                           1              2              2
RT                           0              0              0
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           6             12             12
AK                           0              0              0
ML                           0              0              0
PG                           0              0              0
GY                           0              0              0
UA                           0              0              0
UB                           0              0              0
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              0              0

Total:                       7             14             14
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Frank Nicoletti

Observers:        

Visitors:
Thanks to Bob and Lisa for visiting!


Weather:


Raptor Observations:
BAEA 1

Non-raptor Observations:
GRAJ 1, BBMA 2, CORA 5, WWCR 2, CORE 23
========================================================================
Report submitted by Neil Paprocki (npaprocki AT hawkwatch.org)
Gunsight Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.hawkwatch.org/migration/item/996-gunsight-mountain


Subject: Brockway Mountain (15 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:27:47 -0800
Brockway Mountain
Copper Harbor, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   2              2              2
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       2              2              2
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter:        Tim Baerwald

Observers:        

Visitors:
13 snowmobilers


Weather:
Mostly clear skies with a code 3 north wind kept the temperatures below
freezing at a chilly -6. 

Raptor Observations:
Along with the temps the north wind kept raptor numbers low.

Non-raptor Observations:
30 Bohemian Waxwings flew in late in the day and stayed through the end of
the count.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tim Baerwald ()
Brockway Mountain information may be found at:
http://brockwayhawkwatch.org/


Subject: Borrego Valley (14 Mar 2017) 167 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:14:14 -0800
Borrego Valley
Borrego Springs, California, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              12             60             72
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk            155            784           1354
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     167            848           1433
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 10:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Bier

Observers:        

Visitors:
Lots.


Weather:
Clear and hot.

Raptor Observations:
SWHA seen in several kettles at 0935 PST south of Henderson Canyon Rd/east
of Borrego Valley Road. Four separate kettles seen from Hawk Watch were low
over power lines before streaming west and being lost over Church Ridge.
Re-acquired NW of Indian Head at the limit of binoculars just before 1000
heading WNW towards Temecula. Small kettle of TUVU seen over RoadRunner
were observed streaming west. Was able to pick out 12 vultures by
binocular, migrating WNW with the hawks.  

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Robert Theriault (rtheriau AT uci.edu)


Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (17 Mar 2017) 6 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:31:03 -0800
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               3             60             97
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              4              7
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              5              6
Cooper's Hawk                1              7              7
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             48             84
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              4

Total:                       6            130            211
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Gord Kozak

Observers:        Bruce Mackenzie, Eric Holden, Phil Waggett

Visitors:
Larie MacKenzie, Bruce MacKenzie, Phil Waggett, Eric Holden, Don Cunliffe,
Wynne Reichheld, a student from Centennial Secondary School from Welland
who is a candidate for the scholarship.   


Weather:
Cold, but with lots of sunshine with little or no wind. 

Raptor Observations:
A adult ( 5 year)bird was the highlight of the day,with few birds flying.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Very little. At 12:40 P.M. a Sand hill Crane flew over. 

Predictions:
Snow and rain in the forecast. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.

 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2016 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 



Subject: Gunsight Mountain (18 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:46:56 -0800
Gunsight Mountain
Eureka, Alaska, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
OS                           0              0              0
BE                           0              0              0
NH                           0              0              0
SS                           0              0              0
NG                           1              3              3
RT                           0              0              0
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           4             16             16
AK                           0              0              0
ML                           0              0              0
PG                           0              0              0
GY                           0              0              0
UA                           0              0              0
UB                           0              0              0
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              0              0

Total:                       5             19             19
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Frank Simeone

Observers:        Frank Nicoletti

Visitors:
Thank you to the 4 Anchorage visitors who brought up food for the counters
and volunteered for a few hours!


Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
GRAJ 2, BBMA 1, CORA 6, SNBU 1, WWCR 1, CORE 19.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Neil Paprocki (npaprocki AT hawkwatch.org)
Gunsight Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.hawkwatch.org/migration/item/996-gunsight-mountain


Subject: Bethany Hawkwatch (14 Mar 2017) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:23:10 -0800
Bethany Hawkwatch
Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0            199            557
Northern Harrier             0              0              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0             13
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              2
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       0            201            578
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Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Marty Rost

Observers:        

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Mary Rost ()
Bethany Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.blc.edu


Subject: Fort Smallwood Park (13 Mar 2017) 13 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:23:40 -0800
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             14             16
Turkey Vulture               5            378            437
Osprey                       5             24             25
Bald Eagle                   2             23             27
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                1              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9             10
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              6              6
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      13            486            560
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Chris Reed

Observers:        

Weather:
Partly cloudy with high thin clouds and contrails; 30-35 degrees; excellent
visibility; winds easterly, 9-18 mph

Raptor Observations:
The Osprey total of 25 is more than twice what would be expected at this
time in the season.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two Blue-winged Teals
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (susiericc AT comcast.net)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html


Site Description:
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at
the mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are from the southwest.

Subject: Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (17 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:49:01 -0800
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
Mission, Texas, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            170            170
Turkey Vulture               5          13207          13207
Osprey                       0             24             24
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              1              1
White-tailed Kite            2             15             15
Mississippi Kite             0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3              3
Cooper's Hawk                2             11             11
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2              2
Swainson's Hawk              0              4              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
White-tailed Hawk            0              1              1
Short-tailed Hawk            0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              3              3
Harris's Hawk                2             28             28
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Crested Caracara             1             20             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Gray Hawk                    4             25             25
Hook-billed Kite             0              1              1

Total:                      16          13535          13535
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        John Kaye

Observers:        Vicky Josephson

Visitors:
22 adults came up. Two were experienced hawk watchers who helped for two
hours. 16 were experienced birders who stayed for an hour. Two English
couples, good birders, came up for an hour. Given that we had so few
raptors in migration, we talked about how the raptors fly during the day
only and avoid large bodies of open water. We exchanged ideas on how they
can maintain their energy throughout the two to four weeks of migration.


Weather:
Skies were clear to start and from then on partly cloudy. Winds were quite
strong. Temps ranged from 21ºC to 26ºC. Humidity was high. There was no
precipitation. Visibility was unlimited. Barometric pressure rose from
30.11 to 30.15 inches of Mercury. Dew points ranged from 66ºF to 68ºF with
Heat Index of 70º to 80ºF. 


Raptor Observations:
Seven migrating raptor species were seen. We also saw four local Gray
Hawks. Activity was incredibly slow with only 16 total migrants and not
seeing a single migrating TUVU until 10:40. 


Non-raptor Observations:
28 other species were observed. The bird of the day was Verdin (life bird
for several).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park 
(roy.rodriguez AT tpwd.state.tx.us) 

Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park information may be found at:
http://www.worldbirdingcenter.org/


Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (17 Mar 2017) 27 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:27:23 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             16             96             96
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             4              5              5
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Prairie Falcon               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                1              6              6
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              4              4

Total:                      27            131            131
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Debbie James

Observers:        David Prentice

Visitors:
Lots of cyclers and hikers today on the Ridge.  One group spent some time
at the station, they were on a leadership training for their activist
group--and got to see a migrating Redtail--along with a local, which
interested them.  


Weather:
Hot, bone dry day up on the Ridge, which is under fire ban.    Some haze to
the west early on, then that haze blew away, leaving haze to the south.    

Raptor Observations:
What a day!  7 local Redtail hawks were spotted, two appeared to be mating
in the first hour.  2 local Kestrels.  Had at least one migrating hawk
every hour, with the 1000-1100 hour having 12!  It was nice seeing Coopers
and Sharp-shinned today.  Some of the raptors were flying so high and far
over West Ridge, that without a scope, we weren't able to identify the
species.   

Non-raptor Observations:
No mammals spotted today, but bird-wise there were 6 Black-billed Magpie;
44 American Crows; 3 American Robins; 2 Townsend's Solitaire; 2 Western
Meadowlark; 3 Western Scrub Jay; 2 Chickadee (species) heard; 1 Flicker; 25
Bushtits; 1 Housefinch; 25 Rock Pidgeons; 1 Common Raven

Predictions:
Going to be a HOT one tomorrow.  Hopefully hawks will find it as amenable
to migrating as they did today.  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (17 Mar 2017) 27 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:26:58 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             16             96             96
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             4              5              5
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Prairie Falcon               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                1              6              6
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              4              4

Total:                      27            131            131
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Debbie James

Observers:        David Prentice

Visitors:
Lots of cyclers and hikers today on the Ridge.  One group spent some time
at the station, they were on a leadership training for their activist
group--and got to see a migrating Redtail--along with a local, which
interested them.  


Weather:
Hot, bone dry day up on the Ridge, which is under fire ban.    Some haze to
the west early on, then that haze blew away, leaving haze to the south.    

Raptor Observations:
What a day!  7 local Redtail hawks were spotted, two appeared to be mating
in the first hour.  2 local Kestrels.  Had at least one migrating hawk
every hour, with the 1000-1100 hour having 12!  It was nice seeing Coopers
and Sharp-shinned today.  Some of the raptors were flying so high and far
over West Ridge, that without a scope, we weren't able to identify the
species.   

Non-raptor Observations:
No mammals spotted today, but bird-wise there were 6 Black-billed Magpie;
44 American Crows; 3 American Robins; 2 Townsend's Solitaire; 2 Western
Meadowlark; 3 Western Scrub Jay; 2 Chickadee (species) heard; 1 Flicker; 25
Bushtits; 1 Housefinch; 25 Rock Pidgeons; 1 Common Raven

Predictions:
Going to be a HOT one tomorrow.  Hopefully hawks will find it as amenable
to migrating as they did today.  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

Subject: Bethany Hawkwatch (15 Mar 2017) 20 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:59:40 -0800
Bethany Hawkwatch
Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  20            219            577
Northern Harrier             0              0              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0             13
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              2
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      20            221            598
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Marty Rost

Observers:        

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Mary Rost ()
Bethany Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.blc.edu


Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (16 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:59:17 -0800
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             57             94
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              3              6
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              4              5
Cooper's Hawk                0              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4             48             84
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              4

Total:                       5            124            205
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Sandy Darling

Observers:        Matt Mills

Visitors:
Greg & Pauline Alderson


Weather:
Below zero (but felt warmer), no cloud, winds not as strong as forecast -
surprisingly pleasant after the snow of recent days

Raptor Observations:
The weather to the south and east has obviously hampered movement. Local
Cooper's and Red-tails evident, but TVs missing in action

Non-raptor Observations:
16 common non-raptor species

Predictions:
Some day the birds will come, but don't expect large numbers for the next
two days
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sandy Darling ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.

 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2016 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 



Subject: Bethany Hawkwatch (16 Mar 2017) 87 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:28:16 -0800
Bethany Hawkwatch
Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  85            304            662
Northern Harrier             0              0              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              2
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      87            308            685
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Marty Rost

Observers:        Jim Amundson

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Mary Rost ()
Bethany Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.blc.edu


Subject: Braddock Bay (16 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:36:01 -0800
Braddock Bay
Rochester, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             54             54
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1             26             26
Northern Harrier             0             12             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1             41             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       2            137            137
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Baez

Observers:        

Visitors:
Alex


Weather:
cold, strong W and WNW winds.

Raptor Observations:
Local Adult and imm Bald Eagle and Red-tailed adult and imm
and 1 female Norther Harrier.

Non-raptor Observations:
Some open water on Buttonwood Creek with nice variety of ducks. Northern
Shrike continues.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Baez (caau99 AT yahoo.com)
Braddock Bay information may be found at:
http://www.bbrr.org/


Subject: Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (14 Mar 2017) 979 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:23:44 -0800
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
Mission, Texas, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                8             97             97
Turkey Vulture             960          11872          11872
Osprey                       2             19             19
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              1              1
White-tailed Kite            2             10             10
Mississippi Kite             0              4              4
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3              3
Cooper's Hawk                2              8              8
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              4              4
Red-tailed Hawk              1              4              4
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
White-tailed Hawk            0              1              1
Short-tailed Hawk            0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              3              3
Harris's Hawk                2             18             18
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Crested Caracara             0             18             18
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Gray Hawk                    1             18             18

Total:                     979          12091          12091
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        John Kaye

Observers:        

Visitors:
18 Adults visited the tower. One was an experienced hawk watcher who
assisted in the count for three hours. The rest were intermediate birders
who stayed for an hour. Just as the majority of folks arrived we had our
first lift-offs and it ran steadily fore an hour and a half. We talked
about how to differentiate between vultures and raptors of other types,
what types there were, and how color is of almost no value in identifying
flying raptors.


Weather:
Skies were partly cloudy. Winds were non-existent. Temps ranged from 11ºC
to 20ºC. Humidity was moderate. There was no precipitation. Visibility was
briefly foggy, then unlimited. Barometric pressure rose from 30.26 to 30.29
inches of Mercury. Dew points ranged from 51ºF to 59ºF. 


Raptor Observations:
Eight migrating raptor species were seen. We also saw a local Gray Hawk.
Activity was pretty steady from 09:30 to 11:10 with almost 1,000 raptors
passing over. 


Non-raptor Observations:
27 other species were observed. The bird of the day was Verdin (a first for
three of our guests). 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park 
(roy.rodriguez AT tpwd.state.tx.us) 

Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park information may be found at:
http://www.worldbirdingcenter.org/


Subject: Derby Hill Bird Observatory (18 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:27:13 -0800
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Mexico, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             65             79
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   3             39             57
Northern Harrier             0              4             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             19             24
Cooper's Hawk                2             15             28
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             17             20
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0            178            289
Rough-legged Hawk            0              9             26
Golden Eagle                 0              8             11
American Kestrel             0              3              4
Merlin                       0              3              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              2

Total:                       5            361            558
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Bill Purcell, Dave Fitch

Visitors:
Eight. To whoever left the delicious cookies on my front porch, thank you
so much! You're the best, and I'd love to thank you in person sometime! :)


Weather:
Snowfall to our west and south was the likely culprit that kept birds from
us today. Skies were overcast, with moderate winds varying between easterly
and east southeasterly. There was a brief snow shower this afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Slow as a slug. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A Bohemian Waxwing was the highlight of the day, and it hung around for
several minutes flying from perch to perch.

Predictions:
Although it's still likely to be slow, tomorrow's forecast looks better
than today turned out to be. Initially cloudy skies should give way to more
sun as the day progresses. Light winds should start off from the east
northeast, becoming slightly stronger and northwesterly in the afternoon.
Temperatures should be in the mid thirties. Hopefully a few birds will be
passing the south lookout.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Anna Stunkel ()
Derby Hill Bird Observatory information may be found at:
http://onondagaaudubon.com/derby-hill-bird-observatory/


Subject: Tussey Mountain (16 Mar 2017) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:48:41 -0800
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture               0             15             65
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              4              5
Northern Harrier             0              0              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              1              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8              9
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1             25             31
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2             31             49
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              3

Total:                       3             92            173
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Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Lewis Grove, Nick Bolgiano

Observers:        Lewis Grove, Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
West winds 15-30 mph; mostly sunny with a high temperature around 30F.

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1102 Ad, 1202 Ad

Non-raptor Observations:
A single junco spent about an hour digging around for food on the powerline
cut.  Nothing much heading north.

Predictions:
Moderate west winds and a bit warmer.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lewis Grove (zugunlew AT gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/


Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (17 Mar 2017) 19 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:39:50 -0800
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              10             13             13
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              9              9
Northern Harrier             1              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             32             32
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4             40             40
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              3              3
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      19            105            105
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Larry Lewis

Observers:        Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors:
Visitors (2):  Kathleen Pileggi


Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk Watch!

Weather: Sunny to Partly Cloudy (0-40% cloud cover), Temps 24-40F, Winds West 10 mph Raptor Observations: ----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (35) and Turkey Vultures (45).

Non-raptor Observations: The Delaware Nature Society’s Southern Chester County Spring Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve

----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” (BBB) - (Comments on the events & “feel” of the day – read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all! Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isn’t brain surgery. Trust me, I know about that. I’ve already been “dead” once (it’s overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the ultimate fun with what remains of this life!

TODAY’S ‘BBB:’ It was yet another very cold day at the Watch, but not as windy. The snow and ice have gone nowhere; they await my arrival. Two Bluebirds, strangely missing from yesterday’s list, were my first birds today. Go figure! A calling Golden-crowned Kinglet was species #61. A nice male Harrier graced our clear sky, soaring in amongst a group of vultures of both species. Several Sharp-shinned Hawks were moving. Then came chatter off to my right. One of the Sharp-shinned Hawks was very close - just feet away, atop a wisp of a downed branch with a couple of leaves still attached. This bird was only 8 inches off the ground on this very thin branch. Unbelievably, beneath him, mere inches from the Sharpie’s deadly talons, was a Song Sparrow. The Sharpie danced around a bit on the perch. I’ve seen this many times before. Tit was trying to frighten the sparrow into leaving its fragile, yet temporarily secure place. Those of you, who like me, don’t like sad stories - turn away now… Go ahead, I’ll wait…. The Song Sparrow eventually tired of this game of “cat and mouse(?),” making a dash for better cover. It was a mistake he would not live to regret. The Sharpie darted after our passerine, grasping it before suitable cover was reached. The feathers flew shortly with the Sharpie clutching the half-eaten spoils of his quest off to another grove. On a much lighter note, A single Horned Lark fed upon a patch of bare earth. Once again today, another of those bare spots held a Killdeer. This one rather liked his spot. As I approached him, winding my way to the field to look for the Phoebe, this Killdeer broke into his calling, diversionary tactic, as he would a predatory threat near his nest or chick – attempting to draw from his prime feeding area. Alas, no Phoebe again….

----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!

----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 1-Killdeer, 22-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Horned Lark, 1-Golden-crowned Kinglet, 3-Eastern Towhee, 5-White-crowned Sparrow.

----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0); Reptiles & Amphibians (0); Mammals (1); Red Fox.

----EBNT’s “Walk with Nature” ™ Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits: This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend to “bulk up.” Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at all! Therefore, I keep moving (if you’ve been here, then you know that I pace endlessly….) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my “Walk with Nature” program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are certainly welcome to take it easy….I simply choose not to, affording me a panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our “Walk with Nature!” ™ Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 4.3; Steps: 10,089; Floors: 14.

----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else we’re seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will feature an approximation (very rough, best “guestimate,” – raptors must remain our primary focus) for totals of each species seen for “The Watch” year.

TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 42; this season: 61

NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Predictions: Tomorrow’s flight looks a bit dreary, but what else is new thus far this season? Cloudy with some rain.

Come join us, folks! We’re here every day, 9am thru 3pm (at least). Rain or shine…. This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds. The Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at earlybirdtours AT comcast.net with questions or comments. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours AT comcast.net) Site Description: High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek Directions to site: From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County): Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway, make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
Subject: Parksville- Little Mountain (15 Mar 2017) 56 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:30:33 -0800
Parksville- Little Mountain
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               8              8              8
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  41             54            226
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3              5              9
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              1
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2              5             12
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              3
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      56             74            260
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Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Guy L. Monty

Observers:        Donna Monty, Lauren Wynja, Mark Wynja

Weather:
First decent migration weather in some time. The last hour was not as good.


Raptor Observations:
Northern Goshawk doing display flights. 

Non-raptor Observations:
First Violet-green Swallows of the year at this site. 
First calling Northern Pygmy-Owl of the year at this site. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Guy L. Monty (guylmonty AT gmail.com)


Subject: Fort Smallwood Park (16 Mar 2017) 32 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:34:02 -0800
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                4             18             20
Turkey Vulture              23            401            460
Osprey                       5             29             30
Bald Eagle                   0             23             27
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9             10
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              6              6
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      32            518            592
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Sue Ricciardi

Observers:        Chris Reed

Weather:
Mostly sunny; a chilly 28-35 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong
out of the west, 9-25 mph, gusting to 32 mph

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
47 Gadwalls; 11 Northern Shovelers
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (susiericc AT comcast.net)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html


Site Description:
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at
the mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are from the southwest.

Subject: Dinosaur Ridge (18 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:44:18 -0800
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              5            101            101
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             0              5              5
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Prairie Falcon               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                2              8              8
Unknown Falcon               1              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                       8            139            139
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Mitchell Blystone

Observers:        Graham Hill, Terry Escamilla

Visitors:
Having Terry and Graham on the hill helped immensely!  More observant eyes
and the scope helped us up the count. Typical weekend traffic with a some
curious hikers asking questions.  There was a lot of activity at the motor
track.  


Weather:
HOT and DRY!!!!  The morning began very warm with a slight breeze from the
south.  Lots of sunshine and only high cirrus clouds which did little to
shade the ridge.  The winds eventually came out of the southeast and became
more moderate than calm.  

Raptor Observations:
A very quite morning with no sighting of even the locals until around
10:30am.  Eventually the local active became near constant along the
Cabrini hillside and western ridge line.  Some of the earlier migrating Red
tails were observed moving through the east valley and were slightly above
the platform.  The later migrators including the falcon were very high up
and difficult to ID as well as follow.  Two Red Tails took nearly identical
flight paths high along Mount Morrison and where barley visible when they
moved over Golden.  There were a couple distant observations of what seemed
to be local Kestrels and even Accipiters but they were too distant to
confidently identify.  A day of having to work hard for any kind of
observations!!  

Non-raptor Observations:
Many Townsend's, Magpies, Robins, Crows, and Ravens.  There were a handful
of Towees (Spotted?) early on in the day and a couple times while observing
raptors there seemed to be White Throated Swifts moving quickly by but they
were distant and hard to follow.

Predictions:
Looks to be hot again so bring sunscreen and lots of water.  A lot of the
migrating birds still seem to prefer to be high up along the Mount Morrison
ridge line.  A scope would greatly increase your chances at identifying
these high flyers!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 
(jeff.birek AT birdconservancy.org) 

Dinosaur Ridge information may be found at:
http://www.birdconservancy.org/


Site Description:
Dinosaur Ridge is the only regularly staffed hawkwatch in Colorado and is
the best place in the world to see migrating Ferruginous Hawks. Dinosaur
Ridge may be the best place in the country to see the rare dark morph of
the Broad-winged Hawk (a few are seen each spring). Hawkwatchers who linger
long enough may see resident Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Prairie
Falcons, in addition to migrating Swainson's, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Peregrine Falcons and
Ferruginous Hawks are uncommon; Northern Goshawk is rare but regular.
Non-raptor species include Rock Wren, and sometimes Bushtit, Western
Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, White-throated Swift, American White Pelican or
Dusky Grouse. Birders are always welcome. 
The hawkwatch is generally staffed by volunteers from Bird Conservancy of
the Rockies from about 9 AM to around 3 PM from March 1st to May 7th.

Directions to site:
From exit 259 on I-70 towards Morrison, drive south under freeway and take
left into first parking lot, the Stegosaurus lot. Follow small signs from
the south side of lot to hawkwatch site. The hike starts heading east on an
old two-track and quickly turns south onto a trail on the west side of the
ridge. When the trail nears the top of the ridge, turn left, head through
the gate, and walk to the clearly-visible, flat area at the crest of the
ridge.

Subject: Derby Hill Bird Observatory (17 Mar 2017) 21 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:05:19 -0800
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Mexico, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               9             65             79
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   2             36             54
Northern Harrier             0              4             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             19             24
Cooper's Hawk                1             13             26
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             17             20
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              7            178            289
Rough-legged Hawk            0              9             26
Golden Eagle                 0              8             11
American Kestrel             0              3              4
Merlin                       0              3              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              2

Total:                      21            356            553
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Bill Purcell

Visitors:
One. When visiting the north lookout this weekend, please park in the lot
at the bottom of the hill.


Weather:
Light winds were generally from the north northwest, with clear skies and
temperatures reaching the mid thirties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a trickle of birds- mostly Turkey Vultures and red-tails. The
reflection of the light off of the snow brought out the bright whites,
contrasts, and subtle details in birds' plumage.

Non-raptor Observations:
Several thousand Canada and Snow Geese were moving southwards. Other
observations included:

40 Snow Buntings
19 Horned Larks
1 Great Blue Heron

Predictions:
There should be a few birds moving tomorrow, with moderate east
southeasterly winds in the forecast and a warm front coming our way. Still,
temperatures should only reach the mid thirties. Mostly cloudy skies and
intermittent snow showers are expected. It could be a decent day,
especially if we have some breaks in the cloud cover.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Anna Stunkel ()
Derby Hill Bird Observatory information may be found at:
http://onondagaaudubon.com/derby-hill-bird-observatory/


Subject: Bradbury Mountain State Park (15 Mar 2017) 15 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:18:40 -0800
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Pownal, Maine, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               4              4              4
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   6              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      15             15             15
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Zane Baker

Observers:        Derek Lovitch

Visitors:
13 people visited the hawkwatch today


Weather:
Bradbury Hawckwatch 2017 is officially underway!After volunteering my time
at this site for the past few seasons, I am excited to be the primary
observer for these next few months. I look forward to meeting people who
venture up to the summit to enjoy the birds to come.
The day started out sunny with a light SW wind. As the day went along,
clouds began to build in, with mostly continuing westerly or southwesterly
winds. Temperatures today started out at -6C. We only hit the freezing mark
at 10:00 in the morning. Visibility was very good to excellent throughout
the day.

Raptor Observations:
The hawk flight was quite good for the first day of the count period. The
first migrant counted was a Bald Eagle. Several Bald Eagles were also seen
from the summit, potentially local birds.  

Non-raptor Observations:
17 species were seen from the summit today. Non-raptors counted included:
9 European Starlings (northbound)
37 Canada Geese (southbound)
8 Blackbird sp. (southbound)
2 Common Mergansers (southbound) 
4-5 Common Ravens were also seen courting throughout the day.

Predictions:
Winds tomorrow are predicted to be westerly to northwesterly with some
sunshine. We would expect to see some birds on the move tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at:
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp


Subject: Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:03:45 -0800
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Pownal, Maine, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              7              7
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   4             18             18
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       8             39             39
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Zane Baker

Observers:        Derek Lovitch, Tom Downing

Visitors:
13 people visited the Hawkwatch.


Weather:
Winds were light and variable throughout the day. Temperatures struggled to
break the freezing mark. Few clouds with abundant sunshine made for a
pleasant day.
Heat shimmer was present for the entirety of the count but overall
visibility was good.  

Raptor Observations:
A great day for hawk watching but a poor day for counting migrants. Bald
Eagles stole the show today. Multiple birds were spotted soaring together
over an area to our southwest. Presumably there is a source of food nearby.
Potential migrants turned on a dime to investigate, making  it difficult to
decipher between migrant and non-migrant.

Non-raptor Observations:
16 species of birds were heard or seen from the summit.
A slow day for Passerine movement.
3 American Robins were seen traveling northbound.
35 European Starlings were moving southbound.



Predictions:
Tomorrow's weather is looking like it could be similar to today. Sunny with
a few clouds, and temperatures which could be slightly warmer in the 30's.
Winds are predicted to be variable. I'm hopeful to see some restless birds
pushing forward.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at:
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp


Subject: Sylvan Beach (17 Mar 2017) 7 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:09:50 -0800
Sylvan Beach
La Porte, Texas, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                6             71             71
Turkey Vulture               1             55             55
Osprey                       0              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0             11             11
White-tailed Kite            0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
White-tailed Hawk            0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Aplomado Falcon              0              0              0
Crested Caracara             0              9              9
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       7            160            160
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Judy Anderson

Observers:        Nicole Bonicamp, Penny Bessire, Sandy Parker,
                  Steve Arvedson, Terry Gaustad

Weather:
10-15 mph winds out of the SSE, 69-73F, 84-72% humidity, barometric
pressure 30.20, 10-75% cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
6 Black Vultures and 1 Turkey Vulture migrating.  Local birds included 6
Black Vultures, 4 Turkey Vultures, 3 Osprey, a Cooper's Hawk, and a
Red-shouldered Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 20 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Chickadee, 46 White
Ibis, 1 Anhinga, and 256 White Pelicans
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lynn Wright (lynn-wright AT comcast.net)


Subject: Tussey Mountain (13 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:37:36 -0800
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture               5             15             65
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   2              4              5
Northern Harrier             0              0              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              1              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8              9
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             24             30
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 6             29             47
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            1              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              3

Total:                      16             89            170
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Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Lewis Grove

Observers:        Jon Kauffman, Nick Bolgiano

Weather:
5-15 mph SSE winds with a high around 40F and mostly cloudy skies.

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 943 Imm, 1046 Ad, 1101 Ad, 1142 Ad, 1324 Ad, 1653 Ad

BAEA: 1324 Imm, 1527 Ad

Non-raptor Observations:
COGR - 1; AMRO - 4

Predictions:
n/a
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lewis Grove (zugunlew AT gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/


Subject: Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (16 Mar 2017) 137 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:12:57 -0800
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
Mission, Texas, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               50            170            170
Turkey Vulture              70          13202          13202
Osprey                       5             24             24
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              1              1
White-tailed Kite            2             13             13
Mississippi Kite             1              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              3              3
Cooper's Hawk                1              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2              2
Swainson's Hawk              0              4              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
White-tailed Hawk            0              1              1
Short-tailed Hawk            0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              3              3
Harris's Hawk                6             26             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Crested Caracara             0             19             19
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Gray Hawk                    1             21             21
Hook-billed Kite             0              1              1

Total:                     137          13519          13519
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        John Kaye

Observers:        Vicky Josephson

Visitors:
What a day for visitors (except that the raptors didn't cooperate). We had
38 adults and 16 children visit. Two adults were experienced hawk watchers
who assisted with the count, one for four hours and one for two. 11 of the
adults were part of a guided bird tour who stayed for over an hour. Another
eight adults with modest birding skills were with us for about an hour. The
remaining adults and all of the children were part of a school project.
Most of our discussion was on the basics of migration and how it works with
raptors.


Weather:
Skies were clear to partly cloudy. Winds were mild to strong. Temps ranged
from 19ºC to 26ºC. Humidity was moderate but then went higher. There was no
precipitation. Visibility was unlimited. Barometric pressure rose from
30.19 to 30.22 inches of Mercury. Dew points ranged from 64ºF to 67ºF. 


Raptor Observations:
Eight migrating raptor species were seen. We also saw a local Gray Hawk.
Activity was slow all morning with less than 150 raptors total. One Merlin
and one Mississippi Kite were nice surprises and many visitors got to see
them.


Non-raptor Observations:
31 other species were observed. The bird of the day was Northern
Beardless-tyrannulet, always a welcome visitor. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park 
(roy.rodriguez AT tpwd.state.tx.us) 

Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park information may be found at:
http://www.worldbirdingcenter.org/


Subject: Ripley Hawk Watch (17 Mar 2017) 213 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:10:10 -0800
Ripley Hawk Watch
Ripley, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             187            189            189
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                1              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              3              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             20             21             21
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     213            218            218
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Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Gil Randell

Observers:        

Visitors:
Jeanne Mead, Janet Nass, and two neighbors.


Weather:
Light northerly winds, mostly sunny skies and temperatures reaching the low
40's provided a surprisingly pleasant venue for today's watch.

Raptor Observations:
The raptor activity occurred inland at the Parker Road site with the birds
scattered over a fairly wide front.  Raptors were in relatively short
supply, but a gorgeous adult peregrine seen in beautiful light, directly
overhead, stole today's show.  The falcon wheeled above us several times
displaying its catch - a probable red-winged blackbird. 

Non-raptor Observations:
The turkey vultures cannot be denied.  They sailed through in small
kettles, often accompanied by a few red-tails.  Many of the red-tails and a
cooper's hawk appeared to be locals.

Jann and I were joined by our friends Jill and Berk Adams and reunited with
our RHW buddies Terry Mahoney and Mike Ceci.  

Predictions:
Possible rain followed by mixed precipitation.   SSW winds at 5 - 10 MPH. 
Favorable winds might be negated by rain or snow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gilbert Randell (janngil AT fairpoint.net)


Subject: Tussey Mountain (17 Mar 2017) 18 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:30:53 -0800
Tussey Mountain
State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture               8             23             73
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              5              6
Northern Harrier             0              0              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              1              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             10             11
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3             28             34
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              1
Golden Eagle                 3             34             52
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              3

Total:                      18            110            191
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Lewis Grove

Observers:        Nick Bolgiano

Visitors:
Susan Smith, Noel Bond, Jake Smith, Claudia Rosen, Erin Curfman


Weather:
Warmer with highs over 40F and light W winds.  Mostly sunny in the morning
and nearly overcast by the end of the afternoon, with heavier clouds
pushing in from the SW.

Raptor Observations:
GOEA: 1015 Sub, 1141 Ad, 1241 Unk

BAEA: 1326 Ad

First Rough-legged Hawk of the season today, a light phase bird.

Non-raptor Observations:
RBGU - 1; RUBL - 1; EABL - 1

Predictions:
Chance of rain/snow, particularly in the morning.  Winds "light and
variable".
========================================================================
Report submitted by Lewis Grove (zugunlew AT gmail.com)
Tussey Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/


Subject: Bradbury Mountain State Park (18 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:24:00 -0800
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Pownal, Maine, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              7              7
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1             19             19
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             10             10
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       4             43             43
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Zane Baker

Observers:        

Visitors:
The propitious weather plus the first weekend of the season brought many
visitors to Bradbury.
There was genuine curiosity about the project.
Snowmobiles provided a beautiful cacophony of screams and a pleasant
perfume which stung the nostrils.  


Weather:
Temperatures just kissed the freezing mark again today.
Skies remained clear with a few clouds hugging the coast.
Winds were variable, shifting from the north to northeast and finishing the
day with a more steady easterly breeze.  

Raptor Observations:
Migrant counts were few and far between today. With the assistance of a
couple of American Crows, a Northern Goshawk was seen as it tried to sneak
passed the summit. The bird perched momentarily on a close ridge-line
before continuing its journey.
Eagles continue to be a challenge. There is something on the ground they
find irresistible to the southwest of the watch site. 

Non-raptor Observations:
10 species were seen or heard from the mountain toady.

Predictions:
Tomorrow is predicted as being overcast but becoming warmer than today with
temperatures climbing above the freezing mark.Hopefully the sun breaks
through enough to generate a few small thermals.
East and northeast winds are not ideal conditions for birds moving north
but if they remain light I believe we might see some activity.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (freeportwildbird AT yahoo.com)
Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at:
www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp


Subject: Derby Hill Bird Observatory (16 Mar 2017) 2 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:44:41 -0800
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Mexico, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             56             70
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0             34             52
Northern Harrier             0              4             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             19             24
Cooper's Hawk                0             12             25
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             18
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1            171            282
Rough-legged Hawk            1              9             26
Golden Eagle                 0              8             11
American Kestrel             0              3              4
Merlin                       0              3              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              2

Total:                       2            335            532
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Dave Fitch

Weather:
Moderate to strong winds were generally from the northwest, with mostly
cloudy skies. Winds became gusty in the afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Not much.

Non-raptor Observations:
A beautiful Snowy Owl (possibly an adult male) was at the south lookout
this morning, spotted by Dave! Twenty two Horned Larks and three Snow
Buntings were also seen.

Predictions:
Very light northwesterly winds and partly cloudy skies are expected
tomorrow.   Since the northwesterly winds will be light, hopefully there
will be some birds moving. The south lookout parking lot is partially
plowed for visitors.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Anna Stunkel ()
Derby Hill Bird Observatory information may be found at:
http://onondagaaudubon.com/derby-hill-bird-observatory/


Subject: Pembina Valley (11 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:06:26 -0800
Pembina Valley
Windygates, Manitoba, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 11, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  12             84             85
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0             11             11
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 3             13             13
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1

Total:                      16            116            117
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:15:00 
Total observation time: 0 hours

Official Counter:        Luc Blanchette

Observers:        C. Wall

Weather:
-17 Celsius
10 km/h NE wind
partly cloudy/sunny

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Luc Blanchette (luc_jg_blanchette AT yahoo.ca)
Pembina Valley information may be found at:
http://www.arocha.org/


Subject: DOAS - Davis State Park (17 Mar 2017) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 03:50:55 -0800
DOAS - Davis State Park
Westford, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2              4              4
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 1              6              6
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                       4             15             15
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Kyle Dudgeon, Tom Salo

Observers:        Kyle Dudgeon, Tom Salo

Visitors:
Cory Telarico


Weather:
Clear, sunny, cool steady NW wind. 



Raptor Observations:
Local RTs
Adult GE going N 9:31
Juv GE going S

Migrants were few.   

Non-raptor Observations:
Loon going N, crows, ravens, snow buntings, pileated woodpecker, ~25 geese
going south. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Salo ()
DOAS - Davis State Park information may be found at:
www.doas.us


Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (18 Mar 2017) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:14:05 -0800
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             13             13
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              9              9
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             33             33
Cooper's Hawk                1              4              4
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              3              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             40             40
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              3              3
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       3            108            108
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Larry Lewis

Observers:        Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors:
Visitors (2):  Kathleen Pileggi.


Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk Watch!

Weather: Cloudy with Showers & Drizzle (100% cloud cover); Temps 36-42F, Winds East 5 mph Raptor Observations: ----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 5-Red-tailed Hawk, 1-Merlin, and numerous Black (3) and Turkey Vultures (20).

Non-raptor Observations: The Delaware Nature Society’s Southern Chester County Spring Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve

----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” (BBB) - (Comments on the events & “feel” of the day – read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all! Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isn’t brain surgery. Trust me, I know about that. I’ve already been “dead” once (it’s overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the ultimate fun with what remains of this life!

TODAY’S ‘BBB:’ A flock of Pintail swung by around 11am, mostly males, their long tails obvious even with the very low ceiling of the day. They were species #62 for this year’s spring watch. A bit later, a Black Duck within a tiny flock of Mallards, became #63; then an “exhilarating” sighting of a Rock Pigeon - #64, only topped by a House Sparrow - #65. Those last two? Well, one of either species hadn’t come by yet! Canada Goose and four Wood Ducks rounded out the lengthy waterfowl list – seemed appropriate on this soggy, dreary day. A walk around the meadow, gave me incredible sightings of two Red Foxes. One had a noticeable limp. Both sat on the snow, turning towards me…I looking at them, them at me. I get the better of that deal, foxes. If for no other reason than the getup I was wearing to stay warm - advantage, me. A favorite, Great Blue Heron – a group of five flew past. A Merlin (#66) was on a tall snag, provided here for just that purpose. He was acting as a local wintering bird, although I hadn’t noticed him heretofore. A flock of Horned Larks, numbering over 100, called as they flew past. Still, No Phoebe.

----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws, for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!

----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 4-Wood Duck, 1-American Black Duck, 3-Mallard, 10-Northern Pintail, 5-Great Blue Heron, 5-Killdeer, 1-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Belted Kingfisher, 100-Horned Lark, 1-Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2-Eastern Towhee, 8-White-crowned Sparrow.

----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0): Reptiles & Amphibians (0); Mammals (1): Red Fox.

----EBNT’s “Walk with Nature” ™ Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits: This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend to “bulk up.” Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at all! Therefore, I keep moving (if you’ve been here, then you know that I pace endlessly….) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my “Walk with Nature” program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are certainly welcome to take it easy….I simply choose not to, affording me a panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our “Walk with Nature!” ™ Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 3.21; Steps: 7,531; Floors: 16.

----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include it here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else we’re seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will feature an approximation (very rough, best “guestimate,” – raptors must remain our primary focus) for totals of each species seen for “The Watch” year.

TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 49; this season: 66

NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (5):” Northern Pintail, American Black Duck, Rock (feral) Pigeon, House Sparrow, Merlin.

Predictions: Tomorrow’s flight looks still a little dreary, lots of clouds, but no rain...moderate North winds.

Come join us, folks! We’re here every day, 9am thru 3pm (at least). Rain or shine…. This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds. The Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at earlybirdtours AT comcast.net with questions or comments. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Larry Lewis (earlybirdtours AT comcast.net) Site Description: High open meadow facing north near Red Clay Creek Directions to site: From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County): Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway, make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.
Subject: Gunsight Mountain (13 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:22:18 -0800
Gunsight Mountain
Eureka, Alaska, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
OS                           0              0              0
BE                           0              0              0
NH                           0              0              0
SS                           0              0              0
NG                           0              1              1
RT                           0              0              0
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           1              4              4
AK                           0              0              0
ML                           0              0              0
PG                           0              0              0
GY                           0              0              0
UA                           0              0              0
UB                           0              0              0
UF                           0              0              0
UE                           0              0              0
UR                           0              0              0

Total:                       1              5              5
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Frank Simeone

Observers:        

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
GRAJ 1, BBMA 1, CORA 2, CORE 38.
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Report submitted by Neil Paprocki (npaprocki AT hawkwatch.org)
Gunsight Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.hawkwatch.org/migration/item/996-gunsight-mountain


Subject: Ripley Hawk Watch (16 Mar 2017) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:22:54 -0800
Ripley Hawk Watch
Ripley, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2              2              2
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       5              5              5
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Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:30:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Gil Randell

Observers:        

Weather:
Sunny skies did little to moderate the frigid temperatures that were
accompanied by strong NW winds on our first day out at the RHW.  There was
light snow cover along the lake shore but a foot or more at higher
elevations on the side of the escarpment.  Lake Erie today was ice free as
it has been for the past winter.  Today was in sharp contrast to March 16
of last year, when temperatures reached the 60's and southerly winds
dominated.

Raptor Observations:
Only a handful of migrating raptors:  one bald eagle, a red-tail and a
cooper's hawk.  Two local red-tails.

Non-raptor Observations:
Some non-raptor activity, including many flocks of robins and crows, a few
flickers and several killdeer. 

Jann Randell assisted.

Predictions:
Slightly warmer with temperatures getting above freezing in the afternoon. 
Light southerly winds could encourage some movement.
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Report submitted by Gilbert Randell (janngil AT fairpoint.net)


Subject: Brockway Mountain (16 Mar 2017) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:56:38 -0800
Brockway Mountain
Copper Harbor, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       1              3              3
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Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Tim Baerwald

Observers:        

Visitors:
5, including two cross-country skiers.


Weather:
Clear skies with a wind that started WSW at a code 2 but soon switched to
NW at a code 3. Temps reached 3.

Raptor Observations:
Like yesterday the northerly winds kept things slow.

Non-raptor Observations:
The day started with 120 Bohemian Waxwings feeding around the count site.
Snow Bunting, Common Redpoll and 3 American Goldfinch were also present
during the count.  
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Report submitted by Tim Baerwald ()
Brockway Mountain information may be found at:
http://brockwayhawkwatch.org/


Subject: Cut Bank Hawkwatch (18 Mar 2017) 6 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:13:10 -0800
Cut Bank Hawkwatch
Cut Bank, Montana, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1             82             85
Northern Harrier             1              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            1             46             48
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Ferruginous Hawk             1             29             29
Golden Eagle                 0             62             64
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Prairie Falcon               1              6              6
Gyrfalcon                    0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3              3

Total:                       6            240            247
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Observation start time: 11:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Magarian

Observers:        

Weather:
Mostly sunny skies with strong SW winds and warm.

Raptor Observations:
Non migrants:

Bald Eagle - 1 (Sub adult)
Prairie Falcon - 1
Ferruginous Hawk - 1 (One of down stream pair)

Non-raptor Observations:
Other migrants:

Ring-billed Gull - 19
California Gull - 2
Killdeer - 1
American Crow - 5

Predictions:
Warm and sunny, with moderate westerly winds.
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Report submitted by Tom Magarian (tmagarian AT alumni.unity.edu)


Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (18 Mar 2017) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:12:00 -0800
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             60             97
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              4              7
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              5              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              7              7
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             48             84
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              4

Total:                       0            130            211
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Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 0 hours

Official Counter:        Phil Waggett

Observers:        

Visitors:
None.


Weather:
Wet snow and rain ending at 11 am but site covered in heavy fog.

Raptor Observations:
No Count Conducted.

Non-raptor Observations:
None.

Predictions:
Ripley, NY had a good flight of over 200 birds on Friday;
with clearing weather some birds may begin to fly through.
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Report submitted by Phil Waggett ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.

 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. ©2017 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch