[va-bird] HSR: Snickers Gap (05 Oct 2005) 59 Raptors

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  • Date: 05 Oct 2005 19:10:11 -0400

Snickers Gap Hawkwatch
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2005
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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             19            225
Bald Eagle                   2              7             98
Northern Harrier             0              5             53
Sharp-shinned Hawk          43            154            850
Cooper's Hawk                6             31            127
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              2             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             25           6820
Red-tailed Hawk              1             16            115
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              2            100
Merlin                       0              2             17
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             10
Unknown                      3              4             49

Total:                      59            268           8495
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Ian Topolsky

Observers:        Lad Topolsky

Weather:
  A thick blanket of fog and 100% Cloudcover greeted us upon our arrival to
the site today. East winds cleaned things up by 9:30 EST, leaving us with
decent skies (15-60% CC) and a steady 1 on the Beaufort scale for the
remainder of the day. Temp topped off at a lovely 75F.

Raptor Observations:
  Where my pinheads at? I would've liked to add a 1 before the 43
Sharp-shinneds that passed through today.

  I also would've liked to see a falcon or two ushered in by the
Easterlies, but whatcha gonna do...

  Bald Eagle Breakdown: 2 adults, in tandem, a little after noon.

  None of the Osprey seen were packin' a lunch.

Non-raptor Observations:
  Blue Jays, lots of them (300+).

Predictions:
  Will Milo Bateman's abandoned Volvo be Laddy's next new car?

  The Snickers Gap Magic Eightball responds, "ASK AGAIN LATER".
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Report submitted by Ian Topolsky (ict_earth@xxxxxxxxx)


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