Hibernia, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2012
Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Cliff Miles
Observers: Tom G.
The day began with clear skies with minimal clouds over the coast line. By
1230-1300 hours cloud cover moved in and brought 25-30% coverage which was
a help in seeing migrants high up. Temp range 52-69F with winds 0-5 mph
from the west/northwest.
The morning was sluggish but we were able to pull Accipitors rising out of
the valley and above the horizon. From 1230 onward it was non stop raptor
activity with Broad-winged hawks streaming and kettling high and in front
of the watch, with a few kettles overhead. By 1615 the last kettle of (32)
was observed over Marcella ridge.
Adult Bald Eagles @ 1205, 1300, 1350, 1415 & 1455 with one immature @ 1455
also. American Kestrel came out of the left of the valley and some were
seen as they grabbed dragonflies in flight. Two Osprey observed after 2
separate kettles went through.
Female Purple Finch, Black-throated Green and the usual variety of birds.
A mainly sunny sky. High near 65F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph (Weather
Report submitted by Fred Vanderburgh
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