Golden Eagles, Northern Goshawk at Wildcat Ridge, NJ, Nov. 3, 2013

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 03, 2013

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 27 28
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 83
Bald Eagle 0 0 57
Northern Harrier 1 1 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 20 466
Cooper’s Hawk 0 3 68
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 10 13 20
Broad-winged Hawk 2 2 4314
Red-tailed Hawk 31 41 49
Golden Eagle 2 4 4
American Kestrel 0 2 49
Merlin 0 0 10
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Raptor 0 0 11
Total: 59 114 5179

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Fred Vanderburgh
Observers: Kevin M, Nora O., Mike L., Tom G.

Visitors:
Visitors = 28

Weather:
Temperature 44-50F, Wind from the N-NW 10-15 mph, 100% cloud cover
decreasing to 40% in the afternoon, visibility 20 miles. Cold until
sunshine broke through the cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
Another day of unexpected delights!

Redtail migrants were moving out at very high altitudes.

A pair of Golden Eagles came into the valley from the east (13:27) and gave
us a second day opportunity of good looks (10 minutes) as they gained
altitude to go south.

A Northern Goshawk gave us a good view for a positive ID.

A pair of unexpected Broadwings were observed just after the sun broke
through the cloud cover.

A good Red Shoulder day as well as they also gave the observers close
views.

The last bird of the day … a Northern Harrier.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many skeins of geese, flocks of blackbirds and waxwings were on the move
south.
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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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