604 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 14, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 9 20 24
Bald Eagle 12 20 25
Northern Harrier 6 7 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 26 41 41
Cooper’s Hawk 7 21 24
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 541 905 906
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 7 11
Merlin 0 2 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 1 3 5
Total: 604 1033 1053


Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours
Official Counter Cliff Miles
Observers: Fred V., Nora O., Mike L., Tom G.

Visitors:
Visitors = 100 including Cub Scout Pack 147.

Weather:
Temperature 48-69F, visibility 30 miles, high cloud cover 5-65%, Winds from the NNE 3-6 mph.

Raptor Observations:
Most migrants observed during the morning session of 9-11:30 and then later in the afternoon 2:30-5:00 (DST). All the migrants were at high altitudes. BW’s coming through mainly as small groups and a few kettles ranging from smallest @ 10 to our largest of the day @ 133 (found by looking at a drifting feather in the breeze). Bald eagles were spotted in the kettles as well as individuals and pairs. 2xABE, 1 WBII, 9 immature. Also a good day for NH’s.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay,Robin, Bluebird, titmouse, Pileated WP, Ruby Crowned, Flicker, Redbelly WP, Hairy WP, Downy WP, Cedar waxwings, Redeyed Vireao, Catbird, Indigo bunting, Black-throatedblue, Cormorant,Goldfinch, Worm eating,Philadelphia Vireo, Black-throated-green and Northern Perula. Monarchs = 21. A very good day to be at the watch site.


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

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