408 Broad-winged Hawks at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Apr. 21, 2015

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2015
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 6
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 29 29
Bald Eagle 0 2 3
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 30 30
Cooper’s Hawk 0 13 14
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 7
Broad-winged Hawk 408 498 498
Red-tailed Hawk 4 27 29
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 19 19
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 2 2
Total: 421 627 637


Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter Frank Budney
Observers: Fred V.

Visitors:
5

Weather:
Overnight rain ended at 0840 with clearing sky of 25% Cloud Cover and WSW wind at 5 to 10 mph. By mid-day wind W at 10 to 15 mph. Cloud cover ranged from 25% to 75% and ending with 10% scattered clouds. Temperature range, 55 to 65 degrees. Visibility 7 to 10 miles with haze at 5 miles.

Raptor Observations:
Favorable winds were slow to bring raptors to the site. A lone SS appeared at 0915 and the first BW started coming at 1018. By 1115, a kettle of 130 BWs were high in the clouds in front of the ledge. Later in the day most of the BWs were directly overhead or behing us. By the end of the day, the BWs were coming in ones and twos. Local TVs and 2 BVs were seen throughout the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee

Predictions:
partly cloudy with scattered showers


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

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