103 raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 20, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 50 54
Bald Eagle 3 40 45
Northern Harrier 0 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 134 134
Cooper’s Hawk 22 56 59
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 47 6450 6451
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 24 28
Merlin 1 3 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 1 11 13
Total: 103 6793 6813


Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter Tom Gorman
Observers: Kevin W. , Dan, Nora O., Mike L.


Visitors:
15 Thank you to Mitch V. for assisting with the sightings.
Weather:
Temp range: 54-71 F Winds 10-15 continually from the south. Initial haze in the valley, clearing and a cloud cover of 95% which @ 0920 hrs changed to 0% and by 1015 hours back to 90%.

Raptor Observations:
The majority of the raptors seen were in the 20,000′ elevation with many only about 1000′ above the watch. The Broad-winged were mostly naked eye birds and in groups of no more than 11 being the largest. Local BV & TV and the adult and 2 juvenile Red-tailed hawks presented some minor entertainment. 1019 hrs: Immature Bald Eagle 1140 hrs: 2nd year Bald Eagle 1140 hrs: 3rd year Bald Eagle The BE’s at 1140 hrs were following each other and one was not too far above the watch for a naked eye view of its detailing.

Non-raptor Observations:
The pair of Raven were active around the watch and gave some nice naked eye views of their interactions. Non-raptor species: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Northern Flicker and Eastern Wood-Pewee. One Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly and a Five-lined Skink were present also

Predictions:
Rain showers overnight to end mid day with temps in mid 80’s

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