[va-bird] HSR: Snickers Gap (14 Sep 2004) 502 Raptors

Snickers Gap Hawkwatch
Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2004
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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                       7             78             96
Bald Eagle                   0             33             40
Northern Harrier             1             21             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13            102            107
Cooper's Hawk                0             28             40
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk          472            948           1058
Red-tailed Hawk              5             23             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             21             25
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown                      0              6              6

Total:                     502           1268           1440
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Bev Leeuwenburg

Observers:        BJ Westervelt, Ian Topolsky, Jen Folts, Lad Topolsky

Weather:
  Extremely foggy, 100% Cloudcover, very low ceiling. All day. But winds
were out of the Southeast, at 2 Beaufort Scale and birds were (trying
extremely hard) to move. High Temp 70F.

Observations:
  It was a fabulous day for us, despite the fog that never lifted, but it
was a tough day for the high number of Broad-wingeds (and Osprey) that
came through The Gap. Thermals were almost non-existent. Birds would
appear out of the East around the "Dead Locust" and just drift to with the
wind, while fighting to somehow convert that slight head wind into lift. 

  An adult Broad-winged took an almost 2hr breather perched in the "Dead
Locust" at the edge of the parking lot, while almost 200 other BWs flew
right over its head.

  Osprey did alright. 7 in all, none packing a lunch.



Predictions:
  Rain gonna be a problem tomorrow?

  Magic Eightball, "AS I SEE IT, YES"...
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Report submitted by Ian Topolsky (ict_earth@xxxxxxxxx)


     Snickers Gap Hawkwatch was established in 1990.  It is located in
northern Virginia, on the Clarke and Loudoun County line.  It is reached
by taking VA Route 7 to the county line, which runs atop the ridge at
Snickers Gap.  On the south side of Route 7 is a commuter parking lot. 
The count is conducted from there.  It is a volunteer site, and is counted
in fall only, from late August until late November or early December. 
There are no facilities at the site, so bring a snack, drinks, and a
chair.  Many of the birds can be distant, and a scope is helpful.  

     As a volunteer site, we are always looking to increase our pool of
counters.  We are eager to train those who have never counted, but are
skilled with hawk identification.  We are also willing to pair
inexperienced observers with experienced counters.  Please contact the
compiler, Todd Day, at blkvulture@xxxxxxx with any questions or if you are
interested in participating in the count.  


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