36 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 20, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 74
Bald Eagle 0 18 65
Northern Harrier 0 3 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 207 373
Cooper’s Hawk 5 43 113
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 2 11 20
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 40 76
Merlin 0 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Raptor 0 2 17
Total: 36 344 7237


Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 12:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours
Official Counter Frank Budney
Observers:

Visitors:
Visitors = 3

Weather:
Mostly to partly cloudy with cloud cover ranging from 25% to 100%. Visibility, 7 to 10 miles with haze beyond 10 miles. Temperature, 40º F to 59º F. Wind, SW and variable from 5 to 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
First raptor was a lone SS at 0839 coming up from valley in front of Marcella Ridge. An AK arrived at 1032 and perched on the cedar tree snag then flew at eye level in front of the ledge. Several skeins of Canada Geese, numbering 25 to 75 per flock, flying high heading SE. First TV’s and BV’s didn’t take to the air until 0910 in the direction of Fort Lee and the power lines.

Non-raptor Observations:
Black-capped Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Raven, Tufted Titmouse.


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

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