Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 11/15/2013
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The 24th year of Chimney Rock Hawk Watch has now come to a close.
A spectacular Golden Eagle 25 feet in front of the platform at eye level was the final raptor. What a great finish to a great season. The 22 Golden Eagles this year demolished the record of 18 that stood for 14 years, since 1999. Additionally single day and single hour records were established for Red-shouldered hawks with 143 and 45 respectively. It was a tremendous songbird season with 149 avian species recorded. Greater than 10 species of warblers were recorded on 13 days and 18 species recorded on September 14th. Red-headed woodpeckers were observed on 11 days and Philadelphia Vireos 4 days. Raptor numbers when measured against the prior 23 year median count, showed Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered, Broad-winged, Red-tailed hawks and Merlin up…. while Osprey, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s Kestrels and Peregrines were down. Peregrines were recorded in record numbers at some southern watches however (not sure how they got around us, but they did). All in all it was a interesting, fun and productive year at Chimney Rock. All the volunteers were amazing and Chris Aquila once again coordinated and directed the activities with vigor, awesome birding skill and tremendous knowledge graciously shared with both volunteers and the public at large. I’m already looking forward to next year!