1 Raptor at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 2, 2013

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2013

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 77
Bald Eagle 0 0 50
Northern Harrier 0 0 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 326
Cooper’s Hawk 0 0 43
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 5
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4312
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 35
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Raptor 0 0 11
Total: 1 1 4878

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

Official Counter: Frank Budney
Observers:
Visitors:
Visitors = 7

Weather:
Mostly blue sky with thick haze at 3 miles and beyond. Cloud cover went
from 0% to 75% and back to 5%. Haze so thick, NYC skyline unseen all day.
Temperature range from 63º F to 76º F. Visibility to 5 miles most of the
day. Wind, light from the WSW.

Raptor Observations:
Conditions not conducive for migrants. A few (5) TV’s and BV’s (3) were
flying low over the flag pole on I-80 and the Parsippany Water Tower,
respectively just after 0950 and circled the valley periodically during the
morning. A lone, local RT circled lower over the cell tower then dove down
into the valley. The first and only migrant of the day, a Sharp-shinned
Hawk, passed at eye level in front of the ledge at 1220. One thing there
were plenty of was the invasive Stink Bug. They get into everything.

Non-raptor Observations:
White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker,
Black-capped Chickadee, Blue jay, Raven, American Crow, Chimney Swift, and
Cedar Waxwing.
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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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