Hibernia, New Jersey, USA
|Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2014|
|Species||Day’s Count||Month Total||Season Total|
|Observation start time:||08:00:00|
|Observation end time:||14:00:00|
|Total observation time:||6 hours|
|Official Counter||Frank Budney|
Clear blue ski with haze beyond 3 miles to NYC skyline. A few scattered clouds ranging from 0% to 20%. Visibility to 10 miles. Wind S, 10 to 15 mph with occasional gusts to 20 mph. Temperature range from 50º F to 70º F.
A spectacular day even with the blue sky and gusty southerly winds.SS’s and AK’s were the dominate species. An American Kestrel was first to arrive at 0822 followed by two SS’s a few minutes later. The highlight of the day was a “Sub-kettle” of 3 adult Bald Eagles just before 1030 hrs. in front of Marcella Ridge. All sightings were viewed naked eyed as most of the birds were close to the ridge line in front of the ledge. later in the day the birds were high above the ridge line with a few low in the valley. A immature (second or third year bird) BE arrived at 1320 behind the ledge and joined up with two TV’s before gaining altitude and heading SW.
Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, American Crow, Blue Jay.
Report submitted by Fred Vanderburgh
Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm