[va-bird] HSR: Snickers Gap (10 Oct 2005) 18 Raptors

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Snickers Gap Hawkwatch
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2005
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             19            225
Bald Eagle                   0              7             98
Northern Harrier             1              6             54
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            162            858
Cooper's Hawk                3             34            130
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             25           6820
Red-tailed Hawk              5             21            120
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              2            100
Merlin                       0              2             17
Peregrine Falcon             1              1             11
Unknown                      0              4             49

Total:                      18            286           8513
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Mike Reyman

Observers:        Jesse Fulton

Visitors:
John Eliot, Arlington, VA.


Weather:
Temperature from 14-17C.  Heavy overcast until 11:30, then partial clearing
(70% cloud cover) until 1:00.  Overcast returned and lowered after 1:00. 
Winds NW at 1, occasional gusts to 2. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Mike Reyman (dreyman@xxxxxxxxxxx)


Site Description:
     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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