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18 Sep: @ 19:57:08  Sabines Gull and Whiskered Tern in Cape May [Andrew Baldelli]
18 Sep: @ 19:51:00  9/18/2014 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski]
18 Sep: @ 19:49:50  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Sep 2014) 119 Raptors [reports]
18 Sep: @ 19:11:51  HSR: Snickers Gap (18 Sep 2014) 439 Raptors [reports]
18 Sep: @ 18:49:14  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Sep 2014) 3370 Raptors [reports]
18 Sep: @ 16:34:09  Sabine's Gull Pocohantas Ferry Jamestown [Tracy Tate]
18 Sep: @ 14:10:47  Sabin's Gull [Jim Marcum]
18 Sep: @ 11:49:39  Any Sabine's Gull reports for 9/18? [Frank Fogarty]
18 Sep: @ 08:48:10  HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (17 Sep 2014) 1253 Raptors [reports]
17 Sep: @ 21:44:00  HSR: Harvey's Knob (17 Sep 2014) 1559 Raptors [reports]
17 Sep: @ 21:22:12  Warbler ID needed by rehabber - Consenus is Common Yellowthroat! [Connie & Wilton Sale]
17 Sep: @ 21:18:11  Sabine's Gull, Surry/James City Still present 9/17 [Nicholas Newberry]
17 Sep: @ 20:49:08  Warbler ID needed by rehabber [Connie & Wilton Sale]
17 Sep: @ 19:48:33  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Sep 2014) 2908 Raptors [reports]
17 Sep: @ 19:45:06 Re: Bles Park bird walk on Wednesday [Jean Tatalias]
17 Sep: @ 19:42:00  Bles Park bird walk on Wednesday [Jean Tatalias]
17 Sep: @ 17:45:34  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Sep 2014) 273 Raptors [reports]
17 Sep: @ 16:47:08  Lynchburg Broadwings 9/17 (~100) [Sattler, Gene]
17 Sep: @ 16:43:39  HSR: Snickers Gap (17 Sep 2014) 379 Raptors [reports]
17 Sep: @ 16:09:25  Fwd: eBird Report - Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Sep 16, 2014 [Jeff Blalock]
17 Sep: @ 15:59:29  test [Michael A. Shank.]
17 Sep: @ 09:39:40  Seeing the Sabine's Gull [Bill Williams]
17 Sep: @ 08:58:10  VSO solicits nominees for its Eike Service Award [Robert Ake]
17 Sep: @ 08:54:50  Fw: eBird Report - Blackwater Road (Anhinga Spot), Sep 13, 2014 [David Gibson]
17 Sep: @ 08:10:05  Sabine's Gull [Jeff Blalock]
17 Sep: @ 07:59:29 Re: Sabine's Gull -- Jamestown-Scotland Ferry [akb]
16 Sep: @ 22:03:44 Re: Unusual Hummingbird Behavior? [David White]
16 Sep: @ 20:52:06  Unusual Hummingbird Behavior? [Barbara via va-bird]
16 Sep: @ 20:18:55  HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (16 Sep 2014) 1 Raptors [reports]
16 Sep: @ 20:15:23  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Sep 2014) 373 Raptors [reports]
16 Sep: @ 20:01:41  VSO Chincoteague trip, Sep 12-14, 2014 [Meredith Bell]
16 Sep: @ 19:44:53 Re: Broadwings (Lynchburg) [Scott Jackson-Ricketts]
16 Sep: @ 19:39:39  HSR: Harvey's Knob (16 Sep 2014) 1496 Raptors [reports]
16 Sep: @ 19:26:18  Broadwings (Lynchburg) [Sattler, Gene]
16 Sep: @ 18:16:40  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Sep 2014) 2087 Raptors [reports]
16 Sep: @ 16:15:11  HSR: Snickers Gap (16 Sep 2014) 299 Raptors [reports]
16 Sep: @ 15:51:41  immature coopers hawk question [Leslie S]
16 Sep: @ 15:36:59  Sabines Gull [Jeff Blalock]
16 Sep: @ 12:37:09  Warblers still popping up at Walker Nature Center [Kenneth Rosenthal]
16 Sep: @ 11:00:17  Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Festival [Roberta Kellam via va-bird]
16 Sep: @ 10:46:54  Sanderlings at Hunting Creek mudflats [Edward Eder]
16 Sep: @ 09:22:51  Bald Eagle [bryan peters]
16 Sep: @ 00:09:52  rose breasted grosbeak [James Todd]
15 Sep: @ 21:46:08  20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge [Paul Nasca]
15 Sep: @ 20:43:53  10 warbler species; Olive-sided Flycatcher [Marshall Faintich]
15 Sep: @ 20:22:35  Nashville warbler at Huntley Sunday [Pam and Ben via va-bird]
15 Sep: @ 20:19:02  HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (15 Sep 2014) 23 Raptors [reports]
15 Sep: @ 20:01:42  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Sep 2014) 1991 Raptors [reports]
15 Sep: @ 19:44:01  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Sep 2014) 204 Raptors [reports]
15 Sep: @ 19:24:06  HSR: Harvey's Knob (15 Sep 2014) 1092 Raptors [reports]





Subject: Sabines Gull and Whiskered Tern in Cape May
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 19:57 pm
From: andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com
 
Today Tracy Tate and I went for the Sabines Gull took us eight ferry rides but we got great looks at it.

On Wednesday I traveled to Cape May to try for the Whiskered Tern . In 1993 I missed it 10 times but on the 11 th try I caught up with this one , 21 years later and what a feeling it was to lay my eyes on him . I know this is not a Virginia sighting but If any birders are able to try for this bird I would go and see it , well worth the trip.



Cheers

Andrew

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Subject: 9/18/2014 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 19:51 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Hi all!

After work this evening I went out birding at Pleasure House Point Park off
Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. It's never a place where I see a ton of
species, but its very convenient for after work outings during the week
days.

Tonight, unfortunately the tide was at it's maximum when I was able to get
there, and actually about a foot higher than normal high tide due to the
northeasterly winds we've had the last couple of days. As a result, the
mudflats and shallow areas around the park were all submerged, which
significantly limits the shorebird populations in the area. Because of
this, I didn't see any shorebirds, but did find the typical wading birds
(Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and plenty of Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons). Also, a number of Clapper Rails could be heard cackling off
in the marshes but none were seen.

A number of Osprey are still hanging around, though it does appear that a
lot of them have probably already starting moving southwards (the Kiptopeke
Hawk Watch has recorded a couple thousand so far I believe).
Herring/Ring-billed/Laughing Gulls were all present as usual, as were a few
Royal Terns.

I got a wonderful surprise along the trails after a pair of sparrows came
flying out from a water-adjacent shrub, and I spent the next half hour
trying my darndest to get a photo of each of them. I assumed they were the
same species but after getting home and reviewing the photographs, I
believe I got a Saltmarsh Sparrow, and a Seaside Sparrow that just happened
to be hanging around together. I put the photos up at
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admi... just to be
able to share, and if anyone disagrees on the IDs, please correct me, these
sparrows are a tough call for me sometimes. The Saltmarsh would be a lifer,
and the Seaside would only be the 2nd one I've found. Both were silent so
no voice to help me ID.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Sep 2014) 119 Raptors
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 19:49 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 1608 1608
Bald Eagle 4 50 50
Northern Harrier 1 52 52
Sharp-shinned Hawk 36 322 322
Cooper's Hawk 9 141 141
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 15 124 124
Red-tailed Hawk 1 26 26
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 34 1009 1009
Merlin 7 159 159
Peregrine Falcon 1 21 21
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 2 21 21
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 119 3543 3543
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Joe Beatty

Weather:
Blue skies with moderate northeast winds switching to the southeast late in
the day.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
3 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (18 Sep 2014) 439 Raptors
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 19:11 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 67 80
Bald Eagle 8 53 62
Northern Harrier 0 8 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 35 118 120
Cooper's Hawk 6 26 27
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 19 19
Broad-winged Hawk 381 3176 3197
Red-tailed Hawk 2 30 37
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 10 13
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 1

Total: 439 3516 3573
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: Bruce Hill, The Littles, Wes Hetrick

Visitors:
Charlie & Ellen, Dave Cazenas


Weather:
Mostly clear but hazy, cool with light winds

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep@aol.com)


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Sep 2014) 3370 Raptors
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 18:49 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 10 185 235
Bald Eagle 4 108 115
Northern Harrier 1 15 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 49 272 285
Cooper's Hawk 8 47 56
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 8
Broad-winged Hawk 3281 11886 12081
Red-tailed Hawk 7 49 73
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 8 71 90
Merlin 2 6 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 7
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 6 6
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 3370 12661 12987
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Many Observers (see below)

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today including: John Hall (South Hampton, England),
George McCoy (Columbia, SC), Dan & Sue Harvey (Raleigh, NC), Richard Cooper
(Fredericksburg), Dave Fisher (Cary, NC), Jim Plitt, Eve Gaige, Bob
Eggleston, Bill Nettlehorst, Paula & Coby Westby, Patti Reum, Mary-Jo
Bracken, Ben Pumphrey, Jennifer & Deving Borishansky, Fay & Lee Marks, Rick
Behr, Mirabai McLeod, Helene Edwards, Jennifer Jowdy, Walt Childs, Marshall
Faintich, Tink Moyer, Cyane Lowden, Robin Cage, Daniel Mapel, Andrew Clem.


Weather:
Beautiful day! Mostly cloudy in morning becoming 90-100% cloud cover after
noon. Light & variable breezes early increasing to 20-28km/hr NW breezes at
10am then decreasing to 12-19km/hr after noon.

Raptor Observations:
Multiple Observers contributing to the count: Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel,
Rose Thomas, Dave Hunter, William Leigh.

Another terrific BW day! Many high streaming groups often kettling to give
terrific views! Most BWs flew by in NE-SW direction. Hourly BW count:
735(9-10), 1108(10-11), 145(11-12), 120(12-1), 903(1-2), 251(2-3), 19(3-4).


Four BE: 1st-yr (1:03), two 2/3-yr (1:28), immature (unaged, 2:20).

Non-raptor Observations:
A very good showing of Monarch Butterflies (conservative count of 180) that
always seemed to be in the sky. Swifts (107), Hummingbird (10), E Phoebe
(1), Red-eyed Vireo (1), Raven (6), Red-headed Woodpecker (4), Tree Swallow
(75), Waxwing (50), Cape May Warbler (3), BTB Warbler (1), BTG Warbler (1),
Grackle (141).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Sabine's Gull Pocohantas Ferry Jamestown
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 16:34 pm
From: tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com
 
Eight trips but we got the gull at 5:15pm.  Came in low back of flock
trailing the ferry heading south. Stayed low and eventually joined the
group behind the passing ferry. Unmistakeable striking pattern when you
see it. Also graceful and more delicate in flight than the others. Tail
is noticeably different as well. Andrew Baldelli and Tracy Tate
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Subject: Sabin's Gull
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 14:10 pm
From: marcums AT cns.umass.edu
 
The juvenile Sabin's Gull was just seen from the Pocahontas ferry north bound from Surry.

Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach

Sent from my iBellbird

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Subject: Any Sabine's Gull reports for 9/18?
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 11:49 am
From: fogartyfa AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,

Has any one made an attempt to re-find the Sabine's today (9/18)?

Thanks,

Frank Fogarty
Smithfield
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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (17 Sep 2014) 1253 Raptors
Date: Thu Sep 18 2014 8:48 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 2 2
Bald Eagle 2 8 8
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 1238 1253 1253
Red-tailed Hawk 4 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 5 5
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 1253 1277 1277
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Ron Harrington

Observers: Allen Gill, Bill Grigsby, Sam Evans

Weather:
Fog restricted the visibility to less than 50 yards for the first hour and
a half. The sun finally burned through and the fog and clouds began to
dissipate around 10:30. The first Broad-winged hawks were seen at 10:50.
For the rest of the day it was mostly sunny and we had a steady flow of
hawks. The winds were variable and light.

Raptor Observations:
Very pleasant day for hawk watching with just enough clouds to provide good
backdrop. Many of the hawks were far out over the valley on both sides of
the mountain until mid to late afternoon. Hard to see.

Non-raptor Observations:
We saw the usual array of vultures and one Raven. Bill Grigsby was sitting
in the wrong place when a Black Vulture decided to let go above the tower.
First time I can recall this happening! Sam Evans found a Red-breasted
Nuthatch early in the morning.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John D Whinery (Fall.Branch.Tn.Bird@gmail.com)


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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (17 Sep 2014) 1559 Raptors
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 21:44 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 46 49
Bald Eagle 4 36 50
Northern Harrier 1 4 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 62 66
Cooper's Hawk 1 17 23
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 2 3
Broad-winged Hawk 1532 4414 4436
Red-tailed Hawk 2 27 33
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 29 29
Merlin 0 3 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 3 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 7

Total: 1559 4653 4714
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 17:45:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Baron Gibson

Observers: Bill James, Dave Brunstetter, Matt Hosmer, Tina Gibson

Visitors:
The overlook was full most of the day with hawk watchers & parkway goers.
Keith Peters from WVa
Jeff from Mendota Fire Tower hawk watch
Dale
A group from Hollins University and VA western came for a visit and were
not disappointed (except Renee the Hollins teacher, she did not see a BE in
either visit which broke a streak of 15 years,,,Sorry Renee, maybe next
year).


Weather:
Heavy clouds covered the watch for the first several hours then the sun
started breaking through and by the last couple of hours the clouds
diminished to 20%. Winds southerly first several hours then turned easterly
@ a 2 until the last couple of hours & winds diminished but still easterly.
Temps ranged from 18-21c (64 - 69F). Visibility was a 4 with a light haze
off in the distance.

Raptor Observations:
Hawks began flying when the sun broke through in the 10-11 hour (all times
are bird time) with hawks on both sides of the knob & over top. When the
wind shifted, the majority of the rest of hawks observed were on the east
side. Some were high, some way out and a lot gave great views. Streams &
kettles throughout the day with 114 counted between the 4-5 hour but they
were struggling to stay up and they were low giving great looks while
kettling when they turned into the setting sun.
10:15 AEBE - 2, 12:24 AEBE - 2
BW hourly count: (9-10) - 26, (10-11) - 187, (11-12) - 732, (12-1) - 59,
(1-2) - 154, (2-3) - 206, (3-4) - 45, (4-5) - 114

Non-raptor Observations:
Barred Owl heard between the 4-5 hour on the west side left near ridge.
Hand full of Monarch's
Group of cedar Wax Wings late.

Lots of watchers all equally important
and regular counters: Daryl, Mitch, Robyn & Alan,


Predictions:
Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon with variable light
winds until the after noon hours then turning into a light SE
wind,,,,,,possibly an early flight due to the late hawks ??
========================================================================
Report submitted by Baron Gibson (Hawkwatche215@gmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Warbler ID needed by rehabber - Consenus is Common Yellowthroat!
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 21:22 pm
From: humnchirp AT verizon.net
 
Thanks to everyone who provided ID.  It is a Common Yellowthroat, probably a female.  Lovely bird and anxious to get on with her migration.

You birders are awesome! Thank you!

Connie

Connie & Wilton Sale
Chesapeake,VA 23322
humnchirp@verizon.net
Hummingbirds and Songbirds
State and Federal Permits
NWRA, IWRC
WildLife Response, Inc.
http://www.wildliferesponse.or...
Member, Evelyn's Wildlife Refuge
http://www.evelynswildliferefu...
Member, Sacred Friends Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.
http://www.sacredfriend.org/


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Subject: Sabine's Gull, Surry/James City Still present 9/17
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 21:18 pm
From: nickenew1 AT gmail.com
 
Hello all,

The Sabine’s Gull gave distant views to the Bird Club of William and Mary today (9/17) on the late afternoon Pocahontas ferry rides today. It might be worth it to check the gulls loafing on the Surry (Scotland) side from land if you don’t have luck on the first leg of your ferry ride.

All the best in your searches for migrants,
Nick Newberry
Oakton/Williamsburg, Va
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Subject: Warbler ID needed by rehabber
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 20:49 pm
From: humnchirp AT verizon.net
 
Hello Birders!

This little guy hit a window during migration, had his "bell rung",but fortunately recovered quickly and is being released tomorrow.
Would appreciate positive ID. As always, thank you!

http://i272.photobucket.com/al...

Connie Sale

Connie & Wilton Sale
Chesapeake,VA 23322
humnchirp@verizon.net
Hummingbirds and Songbirds
State and Federal Permits
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Sep 2014) 2908 Raptors
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 19:48 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 10 175 225
Bald Eagle 5 104 111
Northern Harrier 0 14 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 223 236
Cooper's Hawk 1 39 48
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 6 8
Broad-winged Hawk 2855 8605 8800
Red-tailed Hawk 5 42 66
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 63 82
Merlin 0 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 7
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 6 6
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 2908 9291 9617
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Lots of visitors including: Dan & Sue Harvey (Raleigh, NC), John Whinery
(Counter at Mendota Fire Tower Watch), Bil Nettlehorst (Wisconsin), Phil
Silas, Bob Blakney, Laurel Schablein, Jim Plitt, Paige Bowman, Mike Bowman,
Nancy Davidson, Marshall Faintich, John Tindall, Tom Hunter, Renell & Athen
Van Wagley, Rosemary Lucas, Thomas Guillebeau, Daniel Mapel.


Weather:
Very pleasant day! 11.6-22.8C. Very light and variable breezes (sometimes
no breeze later in afternoon). Clear visibility. Partly to mostly cloudy.

Raptor Observations:
The BWs were flying very high today with only a couple of significant
kettles later in afternoon. Most were streaming by fast and high! Earlier
birds were streaming overhead or to the east. One long river of 1,500 BWs
moved quickly down east side of the gap between 12-1pm). Late afternoon
birds were on west side of the gap in several nice kettles (thanks for
spotting those kettles Rose!).

Hourly BW count: 28(8-9), 125(9-10), 112(10-11), 102(11-12), 1,536(12-1),
457(1-2), 424(2-3), 71(3-4).

Adult BE (10:14, 12:02, 1:54, 3:53). IMM BE (11:15).

First bird (8:33 BW). Last bird (3:53 BE).

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs (50), DC Cormorant (3), Great Egret (group of 10 on east side
flying southward), Swift (99), RTHU (3), Red-headed Woodpecker, (10), Barn
Swallow (1), House Wren (1 singing), Waxwing (31), Redstart (1), Magnolia
Warbler (1), Red-winged Blackbird (225), Grackle (80).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Bles Park bird walk on Wednesday
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 19:45 pm
From: jtatalias AT gmail.com
 
techtchr@gmail.com, ngause1@verizon.net, sykim47@yahoo.com,
dmctagg@gmail.com, chris-white100@comcast.net, RTBuckman@verizon.net,
emfenton@comcast.com

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM, Jean Tatalias wrote:

> 10 birders (plus 3 whose timetable didn't quite match ours) enjoyed a
> beautiful morning at Bles Park today, even though the birds were a bit hard
> to find. We had views of a couple hawks from the parking lot (thanks to
> Dixie Sommers scoping one), but the river yielded only a kingfisher and a
> great blue. This walk was co- sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club
> and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. The species list is below.
>
>
> Bles Park, Loudoun, US-VA
> Sep 17, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.2 mile(s)
> 28 species
>
> Canada Goose 1 heard
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 45
> Belted Kingfisher 1 heard
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue Jay 8
> American Crow 18
> Carolina Chickadee 10
> Carolina Wren 3 heard
> American Robin 1
> Gray Catbird 7
> Brown Thrasher 2
> Northern Mockingbird 5
> European Starling 15
> Cedar Waxwing 1
> Northern Waterthrush 1 ID'd as a waterthrush, but which one was
> uncertain. I note that Louisiana would be rare for this time of year.
> Magnolia Warbler 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 female or first-year
> American Goldfinch 5
> House Sparrow 15
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19862133
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
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Subject: Bles Park bird walk on Wednesday
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 19:42 pm
From: jtatalias AT gmail.com
 
10 birders (plus 3 whose timetable didn't quite match ours) enjoyed a
beautiful morning at Bles Park today, even though the birds were a bit hard
to find. We had views of a couple hawks from the parking lot (thanks to
Dixie Sommers scoping one), but the river yielded only a kingfisher and a
great blue. This walk was co- sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club
and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. The species list is below.


Bles Park, Loudoun, US-VA
Sep 17, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
28 species

Canada Goose 1 heard
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 45
Belted Kingfisher 1 heard
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 18
Carolina Chickadee 10
Carolina Wren 3 heard
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 7
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 15
Cedar Waxwing 1
Northern Waterthrush 1 ID'd as a waterthrush, but which one was
uncertain. I note that Louisiana would be rare for this time of year.
Magnolia Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 female or first-year
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 15

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19862133

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Sep 2014) 273 Raptors
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 17:45 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 17 1600 1600
Bald Eagle 0 46 46
Northern Harrier 9 51 51
Sharp-shinned Hawk 93 286 286
Cooper's Hawk 32 132 132
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 15 109 109
Red-tailed Hawk 0 25 25
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 98 975 975
Merlin 8 152 152
Peregrine Falcon 1 20 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 19 19
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 273 3424 3424
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Bob Anderson

Weather:


Raptor Observations:
At least 4 adult Broad-winged Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
7 Monarch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Lynchburg Broadwings 9/17 (~100)
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 16:47 pm
From: edsattle AT liberty.edu
 
I was able to make periodic observations from my office again today, beginning from about 11:30 AM and throughout the rest of the day.  These observations were very imperfect, being confined to perhaps only about 10 minutes each hour of several scans of a couple of minutes each time using binoculars, scattered through the hour, unless sightings seems to warrant spending more time in observation.  Visibility was also necessarily limited.

The morning started promising, with nearly 60 Broadwings sighted in a consistent stream from 11:30-noon EDT, along with three Osprey. Things slowed up from here on out, however, with only 35 more Broadwings and a fourth Osprey seen the remaining 5 1/5 hours, with the last few hours producing no hawks. Skies were mostly cloudy here all day until the last half hour when the sky began to clear out. The Broadwings were relatively high to very high all day, streaming by and sometimes kettling also when in sight. A fair number of dragonflies and a smattering of monarchs.

Good birding,

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (17 Sep 2014) 379 Raptors
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 16:43 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 62 75
Bald Eagle 4 45 54
Northern Harrier 0 8 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 83 85
Cooper's Hawk 3 20 21
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 18 18
Broad-winged Hawk 353 2795 2816
Red-tailed Hawk 4 28 35
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 10 13
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 379 3077 3134
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: The Littles

Observers:

Visitors:
20 Road Scholars on an Appalachian Trail hike.
Jen Folts, Ron Staley, Judy Palladinetti, Matt Orsie, William Leigh


Weather:
Temps 14-20.7C. Wind light from the west, then variable. Mostly cloudy all
day.

Raptor Observations:
First bird: SSHA 8:23am. All day dribble of Sharpies. No morning BWHA
liftoff tells me none roosted upridge from us last night.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many Chimney Swifts and Monarchs today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by BJ Little (bluejay88@adelphia.net)


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Sep 16, 2014
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 16:09 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
In between the trips looking for the Sabine's Gull I made a trip to Hog Island were I saw an avocet and an immature Lark Sparrow

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: September 17, 2014 at 2:49:46 PM EDT
> To: jcbabirder@gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Sep 16, 2014
>
> Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Surry, US-VA
> Sep 16, 2014 9:45 AM - 1:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 37 species
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Wood Duck 1
> Mallard 4
> Double-crested Cormorant 3
> Great Blue Heron 15
> Great Egret 20
> Snowy Egret 10
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Bald Eagle 4
> Clapper Rail 1
> American Avocet 1 Large black and white shorebird with long black up turned bill
> Laughing Gull 60
> Caspian Tern 60
> Royal Tern 60 Large tern with receiding black cap pale reddish bill not as reddish as Caspian Tern
> Mourning Dove 10
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Red-headed Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 5
> Carolina Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Brown-headed Nuthatch 3
> Carolina Wren 4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
> Gray Catbird 2
> Northern Mockingbird 15
> European Starling 1
> Common Yellowthroat 6
> Yellow Warbler 5
> Palm Warbler 1
> Lark Sparrow 1 Juvenile plumage, first spotted as it flew from ground into trees and notice its size and the large amount of white in outer tail feathers
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19855660
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
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From: tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net
 
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Subject: Seeing the Sabine's Gull
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 9:39 am
From: billwilliams154 AT gmail.com
 
All,

Following Arun Bose advice about finding the Sabine's Gull, also try
viewing the river via spotting scope from the Jamestown Island Isthmus.
There's a parking lot just before you cross the causeway to the island. The
gull has been seen from this location each day, Sunday through Tuesday,
usually for extended views. As others are suggesting late afternoon has
been best. Morning watches from the isthmus Monday, Tuesday and today were
unproductive for the gull.

Best Birds, Everyone

Bill Williams
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Subject: VSO solicits nominees for its Eike Service Award
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 8:58 am
From: rake AT cox.net
 
In 1983, the Virginia Society of Ornithology Board of Directors approved 
the James Eike Service Award, named in honor of James Eike, a member of
the Virginia Society of Ornithology from 1933 until his death in 1983.
Eike’s long and faithful service, his dedication, and his enthusiasm in
promoting the work of the VSO gave him a unique status in the
organization. The recipient is recognized by the presentation of a
silver Raven pin. The first pin was given to Claire Eike, in honor of
her late husband for whom the award was named. The James Eike Service
Award is given to recognize a VSO member for outstanding service to the
Virginia Society of Ornithology. Eligibility for consideration would
include service as an officer, board member, foray director, field trip
leader, or other contributions to the organization. A list of previous
Eike Award recipients may be found at
http://www.Virginiabirds.net/E...

The Eike Service Award Committee is soliciting nominations for the
award. Nominators should send a letter of nomination giving the
rationale behind the nomination. In addition, two letters of support are
required. These materials should be sent to Robert Ake rake@cox.net by
February 1, 2015. The committee will review all nomination packets and
make its recommendation to the VSO Board in the spring with the award
itself being presented at the 2015 VSO Annual Meeting.
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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Blackwater Road (Anhinga Spot), Sep 13, 2014
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 8:54 am
From: davidrhorer AT verizon.net
 
We visited the 'Anhinga Spot' last Sat. Here is what we saw. Dave Gibson,
Chesapeake


> Blackwater Road (Anhinga Spot), Chesapeake, US-VA
> Sep 13, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 1 species
>
> Anhinga 3 We arrived at the 'Anhinga Spot' and immediately spotted 3
> Anhingas soaring high overhead. Were
> these the fledglings? There were no signs of fledgling/adult Anhingas or
> anything else in the pond area. The Anhinga nest was still visible. We
> were lucky to catch these birds as they very quickly drifted away and out
> of sight.
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19820696
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


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Subject: Sabine's Gull
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 8:10 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
The Pocahontas Ferry is the only one that I saw that has an upper deck

So you might want to call ahead and get its time of crossings


May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: Sabine's Gull -- Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 7:59 am
From: arun1bose AT gmail.com
 
Hello Birders,

I thought I'd add a few notes to the birds apparent movements as it can be
a tricky bird to get onto. The pattern seems to be that it comes in
mid-river and then joins the gulls at the back. It's head on at this time
so you don't see much until it banks and shows the uppers. Key seems to be
to scan all around mid-river to see it come in. Yesterday, the first time
it passed very close, very quickly and then hung at the back of the gull
flock. Second we saw it time it came in perpendicular to the wake and then
stayed at the back again. Once the ferry has passed mid river it drifts off
and doesn't follow. Also I think it is worth standing on the upper deck.
Also from what I've heard afternoon seems to be better for finding it. Hope
this helps anyone trying for it.

Arun Bose
Richmond
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Subject: Unusual Hummingbird Behavior?
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 22:03 pm
From: dizoo AT comcast.net
 
What strikes me is that both chickadees and titmice have a habit of frequenting my hummingbird feeders here at home.  Might there be a connection?  I surely don't know but perhaps others have noticed the same (or similar) behavior.

David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | C: 434-466-3636 | dizoo@comcast.net

> On Sep 16, 2014, at 9:48 PM, Barbara via va-bird wrote:
>
> Today I watched a hummingbird by my balcony chase away a chickadee several times. I wouldn't think too much
> of that but just a couple of weeks ago, another female chased a titmouse repeatedly through a treetop --
> not even by the tree, but though the branches -- for 2 to 3 minutes. Is this odd behavior? I have never seen anything like it.
>
>
> - Barb
> Fairfax, VA
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Subject: Unusual Hummingbird Behavior?
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 20:52 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Today I watched a hummingbird by my balcony chase away a chickadee several times.  I wouldn't think too much
of that but just a couple of weeks ago, another female chased a titmouse repeatedly through a treetop --
not even by the tree, but though the branches -- for 2 to 3 minutes. Is this odd behavior? I have never seen anything like it.


- Barb
Fairfax, VA
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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (16 Sep 2014) 1 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 20:18 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 1
Bald Eagle 0 6 6
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 1 15 15
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 1 24 24
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4.75 hours

Official Counter: Ron Harrington

Observers: Bill Grigsby, Sam Evans

Weather:
Fog and heavy cloud cover for most of the time. A few bursts of sunlight
and less fog, mainly over the North/Northwest side of the mountain.

Raptor Observations:
A very slow day. The weather was not suitable for hawk watching: Saw a few
Vultures, one Kestrel (local), one Raven, and one lone, struggling,
flapping, Broad-winged hawk. Better days are coming!!!

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Hopefully the week will improve, at Harvey's Knob between 2:30 and 4 pm
(DST) I saw 1000+ Broad-winged Hawks, 3 Bald Eagles (2 immature and one
adult all in one group) probably a dozen Sharp-shinned Hawks and a glimpse
at a Merlin (called by several folks in the group). John Whinery
========================================================================
Report submitted by John D Whinery (Fall.Branch.Tn.Bird@gmail.com)


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Sep 2014) 373 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 20:15 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 138 1583 1583
Bald Eagle 3 46 46
Northern Harrier 5 42 42
Sharp-shinned Hawk 76 193 193
Cooper's Hawk 28 100 100
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 1 94 94
Red-tailed Hawk 2 25 25
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 78 877 877
Merlin 31 144 144
Peregrine Falcon 1 19 19
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 9 19 19
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 373 3151 3151
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse, Zak Poulton

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Rittenhouse

Weather:
Southwest winds and cloudy skies brought a lot of low Ospreys early. A
switch in winds to the northwest and blue skies pushed the birds to the
east side of the peninsula and high.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: VSO Chincoteague trip, Sep 12-14, 2014
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 20:01 pm
From: merandlee AT gmail.com
 
Hi VA-Birders,

The weather was very cooperative for the VSO field trip to Chincoteague
this past week-end. The 90 participants tallied 142 species for the
weekend, with the list including species found on the Causeway,
Chincoteague Island and Chincoteague NWR during the three days.



With the recent rains, the impoundments inside the Wildlife Loop had water
which held large numbers of Egrets, Herons, Blue-winged Teal and a nice
assortment of shorebirds. Merlins entertained us, especially on the
Wildlife Loop, as they chased prey and interacted with each other.



Highlights from the weekend included Wilson’s Phalarope and White-rumped
Sandpipers on the bus trip. The Woodland Trail had an abundance of American
Redstarts, along with Worm-eating Warbler, Philadelphia Vireo and 3
Red-headed Woodpeckers (1 adult with 2 juveniles).



Sixty people were able to participate in the boat trip this year. The new
boat can hold 100! Ruth Beck did a fabulous job leading this large group.
With the incoming tide, there were not a lot of shorebirds in the immediate
areas. When they ventured further out, they found 3 Black Scoters. My
husband Lee and I also spotted a single Black Scoter just off the beach on
Saturday afternoon, and it was later seen by several people in Swans Cove.



Early afternoon on Sunday, eight of us were birding at the beach end of
Swans Cove at high tide. First, we were surprised to see a red fox approach
(unaware of us initially) and dig in the sand. When it spotted us, it
didn’t move away quickly so we all had sustained looks. We were lucky to
have Andrew Rapp (a 15 year-old super-birder who’s joined us with his dad
the past 5 years) with us because he spotted a Hudsonian Godwit in flight
with other shorebirds. He also found it after it landed, and we all had
great looks.



Many thanks to field trip leaders Jerry Via, Bill Akers, Ruth Beck, and Lee
Bell, who always make sure attendees have a great experience. Complete list
of 142 species tallied over the weekend is below.


If anyone attending found additional species not included in the list,
please let me know.



Meredith Bell

VSO Field Trips Co-chair



Canada Goose

American Black Duck

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Black Scoter

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Clapper Rail

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Killdeer

American Oystercatcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

Lesser Yellowlegs

Whimbrel

Hudsonian Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Dunlin

Stilt Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Phalarope

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Caspian Tern

Black Tern

Common Tern

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Barn Owl

Great Horned Owl

Common Nighthawk

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

White-eyed Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

House Wren

Winter Wren

Marsh Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Worm-eating Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Cape May Warbler

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Eastern Towhee

Field Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Bobolink

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow
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Subject: Broadwings (Lynchburg)
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 19:44 pm
From: scottjr AT ls.net
 
While conducting a Blue Ridge Discovery Center youth-oriented bio survey at
the Matthews State Forest (just west of Galax) yesterday, we spied two
kettles of broad wings around 1pm. The kids all had good views of them,
and as far as I know, it was a first for all of them. The estimate is
probably less than 50 and more than 30.

SJR

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM, Sattler, Gene wrote:

> We had some noticeable numbers of Broad-winged Hawks migrating here this
> afternoon through the piedmont just east of the Blue Ridge. I did not have
> an opportunity to do much of any observing until after 3:30 PM EDT this
> afternoon, and then only from my office window on the south edge of town.
> But from 3:30-4:30 about 250 Broadwings came through, with about another 50
> in the next hour or so, along with an osprey and a sharp-shinned.
> Dragonflies were numerous, along with a few monarchs. Skies were partly
> cloudy.
>
> Gene Sattler
> Lynchburg
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (16 Sep 2014) 1496 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 19:39 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 42 45
Bald Eagle 5 32 46
Northern Harrier 0 3 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 50 54
Cooper's Hawk 5 16 22
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1454 2882 2904
Red-tailed Hawk 4 25 31
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 27 27
Merlin 2 3 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 3 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 7

Total: 1496 3094 3155
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 18:45:00
Total observation time: 11.25 hours

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers: Baron & Tina Gibson, Barry Kinzie, Bill & Katie James,
Dave Brunstetter

Visitors:
A special thank you to Allen and Robin Austin for providing us with a
hot lunch that was enjoyed by all. We know it was a lot of work. Today,
being a perfect day, we had many more regulars and visitors on the Knob
than normal, so I will not try to list them all by name. A special thanks
also to this group. It takes many eyes on days like this, and without them
we would not be as successful in our bird counts.
The group of students from Hollins University made its annual visit
today. As usual, they were not disappointed as there were many raptors to
observe.




Weather:
Bright and clear day. Visibility was at 5 with WNW winds at 1-2 most of
the day with period of calm at noon and late in the watch. Clouds were high
with 50-75% coverage. Temperatures ranged from 16C to 22C.

Raptor Observations:
Mature Bald Eagles at 9:45 and 12:20. At 3:10 2 immature Bald Eagles and
1 mature Bald Eagle came through together on the west side. Large and small
kettles of Broad-wings throughout the day. First bird of the day was a
Sharp-shinned at 7:30 a.m. The last birds were observed at 5:30 p.m.

Non-raptor Observations:
Eighty-six Monarch Butterflies came through the watch and possibly more
as our focus was on the birds. Late in the watch a Barred Owl called out
from the ridge on the west side and was answered from down in the valley.
This went on for several minutes.

Predictions:
The forecast has been projected to be more of the same as today.
Hopefully, it will bring as many or more birds over the watch.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Broadwings (Lynchburg)
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 19:26 pm
From: edsattle AT liberty.edu
 
We had some noticeable numbers of Broad-winged Hawks migrating here this afternoon through the piedmont just east of the Blue Ridge.  I did not have an opportunity to do much of any observing until after 3:30 PM EDT this afternoon, and then only from my office window on the south edge of town.  But from 3:30-4:30 about 250 Broadwings came through, with about another 50 in the next hour or so, along with an osprey and a sharp-shinned.  Dragonflies were numerous, along with a few monarchs.  Skies were partly cloudy.

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Sep 2014) 2087 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 18:16 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 32 165 215
Bald Eagle 13 99 106
Northern Harrier 1 14 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 35 195 208
Cooper's Hawk 4 38 47
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 5 7
Broad-winged Hawk 1980 5750 5945
Red-tailed Hawk 6 37 61
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 14 62 81
Merlin 1 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 7
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 5 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 2087 6383 6709
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Multiple Counters

Observers: Many Observers (see below)

Visitors:
Many visitors today including Penny Warren, Janet Paisley, Matt Kayhoe,
Karen Lewis, Gunnar Billar, Dan & Sue Harvey (Raleigh, NC), the
Fredericksburg Bird Club


Weather:
Strong W winds early changing to strong NW winds after 9am. 16.0-22.2C.
Mostly sunny early, than lots of clouds the rest of the day including many
dark and gloomy clouds, but no precipitation. Actually the clouds were very
helpful in spotting the birds today. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Counters: Brenda Tekin & Vic Laubach
Observers: Gabriel Mapel, Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas and Josh Laubach.

Another great flight today of BW, OS and BE! Thanks to Dave Hunter for
helping to coordinate the counting of the many simultaneous groups of birds
flying in different parts of the sky this morning!

13 Bald Eagles: 7 adults (9:18, 9:54, 11:57, 12:37, 1:23, 1:41, 1:59), 2
1st-yr(10:52, 12:21), 2 2/3-yr(9:18, 11:09), 1 3rd-yr(11:09) and 1 immature
(unaged).

Hourly BW flight: 76(8-9), 598(9-10), 736(10-11), 360(11-12), 118(12-1),
17(1-2), 11(2-3), 54(3-4), 10(4-4:30). Most BWs were streaming by fast high
overhead with a few loose kettles briefly forming.

A fast Merlin flew by quickly southward out to the west over the "plateau".

Non-raptor Observations:
Not a bad Monarch Butterfly showing with 115 today! Many warblers migrating
by overhead that were impossible to identify, but some landed nearby
including 5 BTG Warblers. Other birds include Belted Kingfisher (1), 162
Chimney Swift (162), Raven (6), Tree Swallow (37), Barn Swallow (1), House
Wren (1), Waxwing (47), Scarlet Tanager (5), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1) and
Common Grackle (230).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (16 Sep 2014) 299 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 16:15 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 13 59 72
Bald Eagle 6 38 47
Northern Harrier 1 8 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 72 74
Cooper's Hawk 3 17 18
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 16 16
Broad-winged Hawk 259 2351 2372
Red-tailed Hawk 4 24 31
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 10 13
Merlin 1 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 299 2602 2659
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: The Littles

Observers:

Visitors:
Joe Kelly, Matt Orsie, Justin Dinen, Linda Millington, 4 others.


Weather:
Chilly west wind at 7 mph with gusts to 12 in the morning which fell to 1-3
mph and variable in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy all day. Temps 19-23C.

Raptor Observations:
Season's first Merlin.
Adult BAEA vigorously chased a very maneuverable, fish-carrying OSPR until
the OSPR dropped the fish which the BAEA did catch in midair.


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs:21

Predictions:
Gotta be better than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by BJ Little (bluejay88@adelphia.net)


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Subject: immature coopers hawk question
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 15:51 pm
From: lsturges AT verizon.net
 

This isn't VA, but from just across the river in MD
I just saw an immature Coopers hawk chase a grackle into a plate glass window. Both the hawk and the grackle hit the window, but the grackle hit hardest and was at least partially stunned. The hawk collected the grackle, then stood on it with one foot around its neck until the grackle ceased struggling. The hawk was nervous about us watching, but gave the impression it wasn't about to relinquish its prey. Then it flew off with the grackle.
So how much, if any, of that was deliberate behavior? Was the glass window a lucky break (for the hawk)? Do they throttle prey or was it just waiting for the bird to quiet down?
Leslie
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Subject: Sabines Gull
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 15:36 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
A group of six saw the Sabine's Gull on the Jamestown Ferry

It was nearer the Surry side and came shooting by underneath us as we looked from the upper deck. Great views but didn't get any pic

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: Warblers still popping up at Walker Nature Center
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 12:37 pm
From: rosenthal.k AT gmail.com
 
We continue to see many fall migrants here at Walker Nature Center.
Exciting sightings today include Veery, Ovenbird, Tennessee Warbler, Hooded
Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Scarlet
Tanager.

Ken Rosenthal
Reston
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Subject: Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Festival
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 11:00 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Registration is still open for the 22nd Annual Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Festival!  This year's festival will be held October 10-12, 2014.  The Keynote Speaker is Brian Sullivan, project leader for e-Bird and photographic editor of Birds of North America online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  He is well known for his excellent skills at hawk identification at various hawkwatches throughout the country, including at the Shore's own Kiptopeke State Park.   Headquarters for the festival are at the Fire Hall in Cape Charles. It's getting very birdy here on the Shore and we hope you can join us for another spectacular fall migration!

Online registration and more information can be found at:
Eastern Shore Birding Festival



Eastern Shore Birding Festival
birding, nature conservancy, Virginia Eastern Shore
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Subject: Sanderlings at Hunting Creek mudflats
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 10:46 am
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
Two Sanderlings were seen at 10:30 AM on the Hunting Creek mudflats today.
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Subject: Bald Eagle
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 9:22 am
From: pas2iche AT gmail.com
 
Currently patrolling the air above Northern Virginia Community College in
Annandale. Definitely an unusual sighting here.
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Subject: rose breasted grosbeak
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 0:09 am
From: jst3u AT virginia.edu
 
Interesting post about the immature rose breasted grosbeak that was on a
feeder at the Walney Visitor's Center. I had one on my feeder in
Charlottesville late this afternoon.

Jim Todd
Charlottesville, VA
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Subject: 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge
Date: Mon Sep 15 2014 21:46 pm
From: 63crows AT gmail.com
 
Dear VA and MD birders,


The Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory’s 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge
(KC) is just a few days away – Saturday, September 20th.



The KC is a "Big Day" birding event that is open to everyone regardless of
birding ability. And, it’s great way to utilize your birding skills in
support of a non-profit organization dedicated to avian research, habitat
conservation and public education. It’s not too late to get involved by
entering a team!

You can also make a financial contribution buy sponsoring one of the teams
already in the event. All proceeds benefit the Coastal Virginia Wildlife
Observatory.

The teams already entered in the 20th annual KC are:



*24-Hour*
Maryland Biodiversity Project Screaming Hellgrammites (Jim Brighton, Tom
Field and Dan Small)
Laughing Falcons (Bob Ake, David Clark, Elisa Enders and Nick Flanders)
The Wren Wrustlers (Shirley Devan, Susan Powell, Jeanette Navia and Jan
Lockwood)
Team Shore Wild Wings (Lynn & Don Gillingham)
Wild Birds Unlimited, Williamsburg (Brian Taber, David Youker and Chris
Foster)
The Amazing Diving Mallards (Heidi Krofft and Paul Nasca)

*3-Hour*
Machipongo Salt Larks (Joanne & Bruce Lantz)

*Special Venue*
Old Augusta Coots Gone Wild - Chincoteague NWR (Alan Larner and Nancy & Ed
Lawler)
Platform Poachers - Kiptopeke SP (Katie Rittenhouse, Zack Poulton, and
others)


For more information, a brochure, or to register/sponsor a team write to
kiptopekechallenge@gmail.com or visit www.cvwo.org.


Best birds,

Paul Nasca
CVWO Kiptopeke Challenge Coordinator
kiptopekechallenge@gmail.com

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Subject: 10 warbler species; Olive-sided Flycatcher
Date: Mon Sep 15 2014 20:43 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
on and near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 9/15/14. Report and photos:




http://www.symbolicmessengers....



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Nellysford, VA



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Subject: Nashville warbler at Huntley Sunday
Date: Mon Sep 15 2014 20:22 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Sunday was cold early, but with the cold came some migrants to the Hike/Bike
Trail. Highlights include 4 species of flycatcher (pewee, phoebe, great
crested, and empid sp.), 10 species of warbler (B&W, Nashville,
yellowthroat, redstart, parula (singing), magnolia, chestnut-sided, BTB,
BTG, and Canada), and two indigo buntings.



For butterfly aficionados, I saw my first buckeye of the year!?! (Remember
a couple of years ago, when you couldn't go outside without seeing dozens?)
And a couple of Peck's skippers.



Bonus sighting: riding my bike home from work on Friday, I saw an Osprey fly
over National Airport. This normally wouldn't be noteworthy, but it was a
V-22 Osprey. Amazing aircraft.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (15 Sep 2014) 23 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 15 2014 20:19 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 1 1
Bald Eagle 6 6 6
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 14 14 14
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 23 23 23
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Ron Harrington

Observers: Allen Gill, Bill Grigsby

Visitors:
Dave & Nancy Pritchard of Richmond, KY


Weather:
Foggy for first couple of hours.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Note: The times listed are EST not DST. Ron got there at 9:15 DST and left
at 4 pm DST, but the file indicated 8:15 and 3pm. Hawkcount.org wants
uploads in EST. EST = Eastern Standard Time and DST = Daylight Saving Time.
Weather and other conditions are unknown.

Predictions:
Hawks are in the pipeline, Harvey's Knob had triple Broad-winged Hawks
today (over 1000) as all month so far. Rockfish Gap had nearly 2000 today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John D Whinery (Fall.Branch.Tn.Bird@gmail.com)


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Sep 2014) 1991 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 15 2014 20:01 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 9 133 183
Bald Eagle 10 86 93
Northern Harrier 3 13 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk 41 160 173
Cooper's Hawk 7 34 43
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 4 6
Broad-winged Hawk 1914 3770 3965
Red-tailed Hawk 3 31 55
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 2 48 67
Merlin 0 3 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 7
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 5 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 1991 4296 4622
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Multiple Counters

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel, Rose Thomas, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
A few folks ventured up today including Mary and Daniel Mapel, Randy Cline,
Penny Warren, Ann Cline, Bill English, Bill and Debbie Birnley.

Dave Hunter was on hand most of the day assisting in locating the many
birds flying today.


Weather:
Overall a pleasant day. Few clouds early on increased throughout the day
to completely overcast. Westerly breeze shifted to E to ENE diminishing to
less than 5km/h and becoming more variable. Temp:16.1c>22c,
Humidity:76%>8628.21

Raptor Observations:
Another day with wave after wave of broad-wings that flew a bit closer to
the ridges, many sailing overhead. BW hourly count:8-9(26), 9-10(221),
10-11(509), 11-12(170), 12-1(472), 1-2:(355, 2-3(24), 3-4:(137); a stunning
adult Northern Harrier flew past fairly close as well as an adult
Broad-wing that came in almost eye level through the gap. A decent Bald
Eagle flight including an adult that flew across the gap LOW almost eye
level directly in front of the observers and then veering east before
turning southward. A definite WOW moment with camera shutters firing!
Bald Eagles: 4 adults(12:07,2:38,2:42,2:52), 1 first year(12:38), 2 second
year that came in together(12:32), 1 first-second year(3:18), 1 third
year(12:36), 1 fourth year(3:54);

Non-raptor Observations:
Black-throated Green Warbler(3), Black-throated Blue Warbler(1),
Blackburnian Warbler(1), Cape May Warbler(2), Common Yellowthroat(1),
Indigo Bunting(1), Scarlet Tanager(1 male), Rose-breasted Grosbeak(2),
Eastern Phoebe(1), Ruby-throated Hummingbird(11), House Wren(1), Tree
Swallow(43), Cedar Waxwing(62), Chimney Swift(47), Double-crested
Cormorant(3), Red-headed Woodpecker(4), Common Raven(7), Common
Grackle(315). Funniest observation was a crow flying over with a hot dog
and the bun in its beak! Monarch Butterfly(9). A Navy T-34c turbo prop
flew low over the gap heading west.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda@birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Sep 2014) 204 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 15 2014 19:44 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 47 1445 1445
Bald Eagle 3 43 43
Northern Harrier 4 37 37
Sharp-shinned Hawk 31 117 117
Cooper's Hawk 13 72 72
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 9 93 93
Red-tailed Hawk 0 23 23
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 80 799 799
Merlin 16 113 113
Peregrine Falcon 0 18 18
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 1 10 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 204 2778 2778
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse, Zak Poulton

Observers: Joe Beatty, Steve Thornhill

Visitors:
Margie Pitcher


Weather:
Light north winds switching to southeast later in the day. Partly cloudy
skies.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (15 Sep 2014) 1092 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 15 2014 19:24 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 37 40
Bald Eagle 9 27 41
Northern Harrier 1 3 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 35 39
Cooper's Hawk 2 11 17
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1061 1428 1450
Red-tailed Hawk 2 21 27
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 21 21
Merlin 0 1 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 3 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 7

Total: 1092 1598 1659
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Baron & Tina Gibson, Dave Brunstetter, Katie James,
Mike Crowder

Visitors:
Lots of good help today including Mark from New Zealand. Folks from
Oregon who hadn't seen Broadwings.


Weather:
Very little wind all day with an increase after 3 with direction. Temp
ranged 16 to 20 with decrease in last hour. Visibility was 2 to 3 with
cloud cover ranging from 40% early to 100% most of the afternoon. Wind
speed only was a consistent 1 from the SE in the last hour. We seem to be
stuck in some weather pattern with clouds and inconsistent wind and temps.

Raptor Observations:
Early kettles were on the west side and often far out as were early eagles.
Later, they were overhead and on the east side. We had 2 pairs of
flapping eagles, a record I suspect. Adult BEs at 10:49, 11:24, 2 at
12:40, 1:57, 1:59, Imm. 2:40, pair, 3:26: 1 Imm. Baron remains the
backbone of the watch. Additional observers: Mitch Mitchell, Darryl
Martin, Carl C., Dillweed, David Kirk, Mike Crowder, Andy, Early watcher
now in WV, Robiin and Allen.

Non-raptor Observations:
Kamikaze airplane buzzed the Pine Tree Overlook, presumably chasing Dillard
who was walking down the rail to that place. Dillard is considering
walking the parkway north and south on the rail. Patsy Cline was very good
today.

Predictions:
NW winds predicted and clearer skies.....
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Report submitted by Bill James (bijam@aol.com)
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