211 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 22, 2013

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2013

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 64 71
Bald Eagle 5 43 47
Northern Harrier 0 5 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 43 263 263
Cooper’s Hawk 2 33 33
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 5
Broad-winged Hawk 149 4262 4263
Red-tailed Hawk 0 2 2
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 32 32
Merlin 0 4 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 3 11 11
Total: 211 4725 4740

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

Official Counter: Tom Gorman

Observers: Mike L., Rick S, Rusty

Visitors:
83, including Dave B and his hiking group.

Note: Additional observers included Christine (with Rusty), and Mitch V
who had the Eagle triplets in sight.

Weather:
Early morning began with cloud line only over the NYC skyline and clouds
moved in later morning continuing until end of watch, when the cloud cover
went to 90%.

Temperature ranged 51-62F with winds from 5 gusting to est 10 mph from the
NW. Humidity range from 56%-100%

Raptor Observations:
Groups of 3 to 7 Broad-winged hawks found often and a larger group of 28
were Kettling / One single juvenile BW hawk gave us a close eye level view
and all others, and most other raptors were at higher elevations.

Our noon-time Bald Eagle appeared and as we watched the adult head south,
1 adult and 2 juvenile BE’s appeared at the same time going over Marcella
Ridge. The last BE was a juvey and crossed directly in front of us
providing excellent views.

Bald Eagles: 2 Adult @ 12:02; 2 Immature @ 12:02 and 1 Immature @ 1:40

A good day for Sharpies with many Kestrel too.

Non-raptor Observations:
BC Chickadees kept many visitors busy eating out of their hands.
A single Cedar Waxwing, RT Hummingbird and Goldfinch were seen, as well as
unknown Warblers.

Predictions:
Similar to today
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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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