Season Finale at Wildcat Ridge Hawk Watch, Nov. 15, 2013

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2013
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 27 28
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 84
Bald Eagle 0 2 59
Northern Harrier 0 1 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 28 474
Cooper’s Hawk 0 6 71
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 15 22
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 4314
Red-tailed Hawk 0 54 62
Golden Eagle 0 4 4
American Kestrel 0 2 49
Merlin 0 0 10
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Raptor 0 0 11
Total: 1 143 5208
Observation start time: 14:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 1 hours
Official Counter Frank Budney
Observers:

Visitors:
Visitors = 2

Weather:
Cool and overcast with 100% cloud cover. Temperature range, 56º F to 54º F, Visibility to 5 miles with haze beyond the 5 mile mark. Wind, WSW and variable at 5 mph.

Raptor Observations:
Weather conditions not the best but one can hope for that last bird of the season. Two TV’s low over the power lines at 1445 followed shortly by 2 BV’s in the same area. The last bird, a SS, flap, flap and glided low across the valley from the behind the cell tower to the Tourne and made a sharp turn to the right and headed south at 1513.

Non-raptor Observations:
Mourning Dove, Dark-eyed junco, Downy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee.


Report submitted by Fred Vanderburgh
Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm
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