504 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 17, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 33 37
Bald Eagle 4 31 36
Northern Harrier 0 12 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 76 76
Cooper’s Hawk 1 30 33
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 476 5056 5057
Red-tailed Hawk 1 5 5
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 11 15
Merlin 0 2 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 0 7 9
Total: 504 5268 5288


Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours
Official Counter Cliff Miles
Observers: Frank B., Fred V, Nora O, Mike L, Rick S., Nora O., Mike L., Tom G.


Visitors:
Visitors= 21. Thank you to all the visitors and veteran birders, who struggled through the blue sky, helping us spot what ever was passing the watch.

Weather:
Temperature 50-71F, Calm NNW winds 2-6 mph, variable high cloud cover 10-25% but mostly blue sky, visibility 30 miles.

Raptor Observations:
BWs were at high altitude by the time they were passing the watch. A very slow morning with few kettles and mostly small groups of BWs. The BW flight picked up after 3pm DST and 70% of the BW count was tallied then.

Non-raptor Observations:
Thank you to Cliff Miles who has been cataloging the songbirds the past week. Pileated WP, Red Bellied WP, Chickadee, Magnolia Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Black throated Green, Red Eyed Vireo, Blue headed Vireo, Titmouse, Indigo Bunting, Robin, Bluejay,Crow, Raven, Flicker, Purple Finch, Pewee, Catbird, White breasted Nuthatch, Philadelphia Vireo, Bluebird, Cedar Waxwing, Downy WP, Morning Dove,Phoebe.


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

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