Saturday was a great day for a field trip to the Mount Peter Hawk Watch on Bellvale Mountain in Warwick, N.Y.
The temperature was moderate, the sun was warm, and raptor watchers tallied more than 300 broadwings and a bald eagle.
Click "Continue reading..." for the day's count and several shots of Fyke Nature Association members.
If you cannot identify any of these rare birds (certainly not odd ducks), consider them "Tuesday Morning Mysteries."
A special Thank You to Judy Cinquina for managing this great hawk lookout for so many years.
Warwick, New York, USA
|Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2008|
|Species||Day's Count||Month Total||Season Total|
|Observation start time:||08:00:00|
|Observation end time:||16:00:00|
|Total observation time:||8 hours|
|Official Counter||Denise Farrell|
|Observers:||Judith C. Cinquina, Rick Hansen, Rob Stone|
Judy Cinquina, Rick Hansen, Rob Stone, Stiles Thomas, Charles Mayhood, and members of the Fyke Nature Assoc.
Light winds that shifted from the NNW to the E from 10a.m.-1p.m. then returned to W. Temperatures ranged from 10 -23 C. Few clouds and good visibility.
Most of the raptors were high and difficult to find. The only large kettles went through between 12p.m. and 1 EST when 234 were tallied. The Bald Eagle was a 3-4 yr. old and went due S around 10:45 a.m.
14 Monarchs, 1 Black-thraoted Green, 1 Empi flycatcher (probably a Willow).