27 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 21, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 55 59
Bald Eagle 2 42 47
Northern Harrier 0 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 141 141
Cooper’s Hawk 3 59 62
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 3 6453 6454
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 28 32
Merlin 1 4 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 2 13 15
Total: 27 6820 6840


Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter Tom Gorman
Observers:


Visitors:
Total: 47 Thanks to Nick, Joe/U.S. Navy active duty and Rob for assisting today. Special thanks also to Karen & Fred who assisted and were instrumental in sighting both of today’s Bald Eagles.

Weather:
Overnight/early morning showers and local fog ended 0930 and hawk watch began 1000 hrs. 100 cloud cover. Wind 0-5 mph from the south. Bursts of sunlight from 1100-1300 hrs which brought cloud cover to 75% Temp range: 67-74 F

Raptor Observations:
Slow raptor day, yet those seen were naked eye views and less than an approx. 5,000′ ceiling. The large groups of local TV & BV kept the visitors busy watching their flight. The accipiters and the American Kestrel were close views as they rose out of the valley in front of the watch. The three Broad-winged hawks lifted off from the valley, from the Boonton ARC property. (@1357 hrs)An adult BE dropped from a higher flight to the left of the hawk watch, caught a thermal, rose again and headed non-stop south. (@1447 hrs)An 4th year BE was viewed over Marcella Ridge and gave a lengthy view as well.

Non-raptor Observations:
No non raptor species, except for the local Raven, were at the watch today.

Predictions:
Tomorrow forecast sunny with a high of 66 F

 


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Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

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