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

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 59 63
Bald Eagle 0 42 47
Northern Harrier 0 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 156 156
Cooper’s Hawk 4 63 66
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 3 6462 6463
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 31 35
Merlin 0 4 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 0 13 15
Total: 21 6855 6875

 

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter Tom Gorman
Observers:

Visitors:
THANKS TO ALL OF THE VISITORS WHO ASSISTED IN SPOTTING THE NOTED RAPTORS. VISITORS: 74 INCLUDING HOPATCONG BOY SCOUT TROOP 88.

Weather:
TEMP RANGE: 51-77F WINDS 0-3 MPH VARIABLE 0% CLOUD COVER. THE ONLY “CLOUD COVER” WAS PROVIDED BY NUMEROUS CONTRAILS. VISIBILITY 25 MILES WITH HAZE BEYOND

Raptor Observations:
THE RAPTORS OBSERVED WERE AT MID TO LOW ALTITUDES AND BASICALLY DIRECTLY OVER THE VALLEY REGION. THE 3 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS CAME OFF OF THE LEFT SIDE OF MARCELLA RIDGE.

Non-raptor Observations:
MONARCH BUTTERFLY: 63 OTHER BIRDS: RAVEN, WILD TURKEY, BLUE JAYS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, N. CARDINAL, A. ROBIN, E. BLUE BIRD, E. PHOEBE, MOURNING DOVE, CORMORANT, CROWS, CEDAR WAXWING AND LOCAL TV, BV AND RED-TAILED HAWKS FROM 0915 TO ~1045 THE WATCH EXPERIENCED ANOTHER SERIES OF FLYING ANTS BY THE THOUSANDS, IN THEIR BREEDING “DANCE”. ONE YOUNG GIRL FOUND ABOUT 15′ BEHIND THE WATCH, A 2-2.3 FOOT E. HOGNOSE SNAKE.

Predictions:
RANGE 54-80F WITH CLEAR SKIES CHANGING TO PARTLY CLOUDY BY MID DAY.


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

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