[va-bird] Candler Mtn Hawk Count (24 Sept)

Candler Mountain
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2003
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             20             20
Bald Eagle                   2              4              4
Northern Harrier             1              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             14             14
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         1490           2436           2436
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              9              9
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown                      0              2              2

Total:                    1500           2492           2492
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Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end   time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Gene Sattler

Observers:        Mark Johnson

Weather:
About 10% clouds most of the day, 68-75F, E turning to S 2-8 mph.

Observations:
We finally had a taste today here on the Inner Piedmont of what the Blue
Ridge has been experiencing in recent days.  The first small kettles were
noted at 10:15 and 10:30 EST, and the next hour was the heaviest, with
four nearly continuous streams over the ridge 11:45-12:00.  The rest of
the afternoon was quieter, but punctuated with occasional pushes, with
some of the kettles over the ridge and others occasionally spotted off to
either the north or south.  The last groups came through at 16:00 and
16:15, with the last bird noted at 17:05 as it set down for the night just
down ridge.  Mark Johnson picked a good day to take some time off work and
come up, and spotted our first merlin of the season and one of the two
immature bald eagles, as well as some of the streams. Birds were of course
high and difficult to spot and the help was welcome.  The following is an
hourly breakdown (EST) of the broadwings:
9:45     9
10:00   63
11:00  620
12:00  107
13:00  120
14:00  196
15:00   73
16:00  301
17:00    1

RT Hummingbirds (3), RH Woodpeckers (1), Monarchs (16), Green Darners (5),
Saddlebags (22).
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Report submitted by Gene Sattler (edsattle@xxxxxxxxxxx)

Candler Mountain is located on the southeast edge of Lynchburg, VA, in
Virginia's Inner Piedmont.  It is on a minor ridge that parallels the Blue
Ridge Parkway, 16 miles to the NW.  The bare knob offers a 360 degree view
from an elevation of 1336 feet.  For specific directions email privately, or
go to the Virtualbirder.com


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