Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Plum Island Raptors 204! 4/12/14

Plum Island, MA
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2014


Male Northern Harrier



Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total

Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             23             23
Osprey                       1              5              6
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier            19             71             80
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           173            317            317
Merlin                       6             14             15
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Snowy Owl                    0              0              1

Total:                     204            446            458

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end   time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Ted Mara


Weather:
Winds started NW 5-10 mph, died and shifted to E at 5 mph until 12
noon, when they shifted to W/NW at 10-25 mph. 14-22 C, 0-20% OC

Raptor Observations:
10 of the 19 harriers were adult males (Gray Ghosts)
1 Resident Bald Eagle adult
4 Ospreys local nesters
2 Snowy Owls remain in area

Report submitted by Paul Roberts (phawk254@comcast.net)
Plum Island MA information may be found at:
http://massbird.org/EMHW/

Site Description:
The Plum Island Hawk Watch is located in parking lot #1 of the Parker
River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA, approximately 32
miles northeast of Boston. It is a volunteer-run spring watchsite with
coverage between mid March to mid May.

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