59 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 6, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 64
Bald Eagle 5 5 52
Northern Harrier 0 0 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 33 43 209
Cooper’s Hawk 4 8 78
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 11
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 15 17 53
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Raptor 1 1 16
Total: 59 80 6973


Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter Frank Budney
Observers: Kevin M


Visitors:
Visitors =10

Weather:
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.

Raptor Observations:
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.

Non-raptor Observations:
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

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