Wildcat Ridge Hawkwatch, Hibernia, NJ, Sept. 23, 2012

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2012

Species Day Month Season
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 86 87
Bald Eagle 6 67 67
Northern Harrier 0 10 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 31 349 352
Cooper’s Hawk 8 59 63
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 596 5864 5866
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 45 50
Merlin 0 10 10
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 1 8 8
Total: 652 6506 6521

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.
Visitors:
58
Weather:
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.

Raptor Observations:
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.

Non-raptor Observations:
Female Purple Finch, Black-throated Green and the usual variety of birds.

Predictions:
A mainly sunny sky. High near 65F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph (Weather
channel)

Report submitted by Fred Vanderburgh
Wildcat Ridge – New Jersey information may be found at:
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

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