8 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 21, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 12 75
Bald Eagle 0 18 65
Northern Harrier 0 3 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 209 375
Cooper’s Hawk 1 44 114
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 3 14 23
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 40 76
Merlin 0 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 5
Unknown Raptor 0 2 17
Total: 8 352 7245


Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 11:30:00
Total observation time: 3 hours
Official Counter Frank Budney
Observers:

Weather:
Heavy cloud cover from late night and early morning showers with fog and haze. Cover ranged from 100% to 75%. Temperature range, 54 to 62 degrees F. Wind, ESE at 1 to 5 mph. Visibility 5 to 7 miles with haze and fog beyond 3 miles.

Raptor Observations:
All birds naked eye visible and low. First bird, SS, flew low through the valley at 0848. At 0933, a Peregrine Falcon flying low from the cell tower but was chased off by the local Raven. Shortly after a OS passed in front of the ledge just above tree tope level. TVs & a BV finally appeared in the valley at 1034 staying below the valley ridges most of the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin.


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

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