882 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 15, 2013

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2013

Species Day Month Season Total
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 35 42
Bald Eagle 3 16 20
Northern Harrier 0 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 45 105 105
Cooper’s Hawk 9 17 17
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 5
Broad-winged Hawk 811 1274 1275
Red-tailed Hawk 0 2 2
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 10 10
Merlin 1 3 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 1 3 3
Total: 882 1472 1487

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Cliff Miles
Observers: Ed and Bonnie G., Fred V., Kevin W., Richard K., Nora O.,
Mike L., Peter W., Rick S., Tom G.
Visitors:
Visitors = 115. Including Cub Pack 160, Daisy Scouts, Rusty and Christine,
Amy, John, Franklin and Deena.

Weather:
Temperature 47-71F, 60% high cloud cover, visibility 20 miles, wind from
the NW shifting to SE 3-7 mph.

Raptor Observations:
A good start to the day with a few BW kettles and Sharpies. Then there were
fewer sightings from mid morning to late afternoon with BW’s coming through
in small groups at very high altitudes accounting for 30% of the total
migrants. From 4pm to 6pm (DST) larger BW kettles started coming through
accounting for 70% of the total and still getting altitude.

ABE @ 12:30; 1:50; 4:55 (DST)

We were getting reports from birders in the parking lot that BWs’ were low
in the sky (not counted).

Non-raptor Observations:
Very few song birds.
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Report submitted by Fred Vanderburgh
Wildcat Ridge – New Jersey information may be found at:
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

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