2 Golden Eagles at Wildcat Ridge, NJ, Nov. 2, 2013

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 02, 2013

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 27 27 28
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 83
Bald Eagle 0 0 57
Northern Harrier 0 0 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 8 454
Cooper’s Hawk 3 3 68
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 3 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4312
Red-tailed Hawk 10 10 18
Golden Eagle 2 2 2
American Kestrel 2 2 49
Merlin 0 0 10
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Raptor 0 0 11
Total: 55 55 5120

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Fred Vanderburgh
Observers: Kevin M, Rick S, Tom G.

Visitors:
Visitors = 27. Additionally, Ruby (3 1/2 yrs) hiked up with her dad and
feed the Chickadees. Also credited for attracting the GE’s. Sorry that you
missed them Richard.

Weather:
Temperature 57-65F, variable cloud cover 60-5%, NW winds 5-10 mph
visibility 10 -15 miles. A light rain sprinle closed the watch for the day.
A great day to be out at the watch.

Raptor Observations:
An unexpected flurry of species came through with the crown jewel for us,
Golden Eagles.

A large kettle of BV’s migrated past the watch with two sub adult Golden
Eagles (11:30 EDT). Goldens appeared again (11:54-2:06 EDT) giving us a
great look for an extended period of time at close / low fight. Our
thoughts are that the GE’s circled around behind us to the NW to avoid the
dark rain clouds coming into the area,then came back around in front of the
watch site to continue in the SW direction. We decided to error on the side
of caution and registered two in the count.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many Cedar Waxwings and Robins feeding off the cedar tree and bushes in
front of the watch.
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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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