2,639 Broad-winged Hawks at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 15, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 20 24
Bald Eagle 4 24 29
Northern Harrier 3 10 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 49 49
Cooper’s Hawk 4 25 28
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 2639 3544 3545
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 10 14
Merlin 0 2 3
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 2
Unknown Raptor 2 5 7
Total: 2665 3698 3718


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., Kevin M, Harold L. Rick S., Nora O., Mike L., Stan G.


Visitors:
Visitors = 10 including Sam from the Great Swamp.

Weather:
Temperature 50-76F, visibility 20 miles, variable cloud cover 5-40-0-50%, Winds shifting from the SW to NE 3-6 mph.

Raptor Observations:
BW streams and kettles started at 9:15(DST) that continued until 13:30(DST. The streams and Kettles were multi-tiered and shifted from the NE to E. At 13:30 (DST) the cloud cover was lost and finding any raptor was fruitless. The 2nd shift of counters arrived when the clouds started building again at 16:30(DST) and again multi-tiered BW streams and kettles were spotted. Some large kettles numbered 107,190 and 209.

Non-raptor Observations:
Night hawks, Blue Jay, Black Capped Chickadee, Titmouse, Gold Finch, Cardinal, Bluebird, Cedar Waxwing, Tanager,Purple FInch, Robin, Indigo Bunting, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, House Wren, Raven, Black and White Warbler.

Predictions:
Morning rain showers with clearing in the afternoon.


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

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