10 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 24, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 57 61
Bald Eagle 0 42 47
Northern Harrier 0 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 147 147
Cooper’s Hawk 0 59 62
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 6 6459 6460
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 28 32
Merlin 0 4 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 0 13 15
Total: 10 6834 6854


Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter Frank Budney
Observers:

Visitors:
Visitors = 4

Weather:
Mostly cloudy with a few patches of blue sky (100% to 75%) and haze beyond 7 miles nearly obliterating the NYC skyline. Temperature range, 58º F to 68º F. Visibility 7 to 10 miles. Wind, ENE to ESE 3 to 5 mph with occasional gust to 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
First bird of the day occurred at 0918 in front of the ledge. A lone Osprey came from behind the lookout, dipped down below the ledge they caught an updraft and headed SE. At 0950 a mixed flight of 7 to 10 TV’s and BV’s took to the air from the power lines. Mixed in with the vultures was a kettle (5) of BW’s who came up from the same location as the vultures. Two of the SS’s arrived shortly thereafter in front of and at treetop level of the ledge. A local RT passed by the ledge carrying a stick in its talons just after 1115. The final bird of the day was a lone BW over the Tourne at 1143.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing.


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

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