[va-bird] HSR: Kiptopeke State Park (21 Oct 2006) 128 Raptors

Kiptopeke State Park
Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2006
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              9              9
Osprey                      16           1123           2116
Bald Eagle                   4             58            119
Northern Harrier             4            242            365
Sharp-shinned Hawk          28           5148           6468
Cooper's Hawk               15           1286           1557
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0            532            721
Red-tailed Hawk              5             49             68
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel            47           1943           3096
Merlin                       6            692           1019
Peregrine Falcon             2            310            628
Unknown                      1             53            105

Total:                     128          11451          16278
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Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Scott McConnell

Observers:        Bob Ake, Scott McConnell

Visitors:
Paula Clark and Betty Lemley (aka Thelma and Louise); Bernie Mlynczak; Mae,
Jeff and Stanley Houff and Kaylee; Martin and Melody from Maryland.


Weather:
Cloudy early, clearing to blue skies. 

Raptor Observations:
Light flight, high birds. Still some kestrels in the pipeline- they were
moving at daybreak and at sunset. Had 4 young bald eagles overhead
chirrupping at one point. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Greater yellowlegs flyover; brown-headed and red-br. nuthatches; FOY pipit;
snipe flyover; 6 common loons; 19 migrating great blue herons; surprise
late afternoon chimney swift push, with a few dozen birds in the last 2-3
hours; swifts still moving after sunset.

Predictions:
Southerly wind, showers likely in afternoon. 
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Report submitted by Scott McConnell (scitchyrooroo@xxxxxxxxx)


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