[CT Birds] Quaker Ridge 10/22: 138 Raptors inc new daily high for Black Vulture

Ryan Maclean ryanmac335 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 22 21:48:44 EDT 2014


With the incoming NorEaster it didn't seem like much hawk migration would
be happening today. But a fair number of birds, especially Vultures, used
this as an opportunity to evacuate. Thanks to 2 separate groups of 5 and 13
Black Vultures, we've set a new daily high record for Quaker Ridge. A few
Red-Shoulders in the morning made the winds a little bit more bearable as
well. Possibly the coolest sighting of the day though occurred around 3:15
when a male Kestrel caught a mouse...only to be pursued by an envious
Red-Tail 10 seconds later. The Kestrel ducked into a stand of cedars out of
fear for its life and the RT seemed to get away empty-handed.

No big surprise that 96 wind-swept Herring Gulls were counted today as
well. The Rusty Blackbird and White-Crowned, Lincoln's & Savannah Sparrows
continue

Tomorrow morning looks like a washout but it looks like the rain will clear
by afternoon. Who knows what could blow in behind this storm.

*Quaker Ridge Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
------------------------------------------------------------------- Species
Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ -----------
-------------- -------------- Black Vulture 18 29 33 Turkey Vulture 66 415
418 Osprey 1 145 579 Bald Eagle 0 32 165 Northern Harrier 1 63 140
Sharp-shinned Hawk 36 986 2645 Cooper's Hawk 7 224 383 Northern Goshawk 0 1
1 Red-shouldered Hawk 4 56 65 Broad-winged Hawk 0 101 7043 Red-tailed Hawk
0 9 12 Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0 Golden Eagle 0 2 2 American Kestrel 2 178
525 Merlin 0 37 89 Peregrine Falcon 0 25 32 Unknown Accipiter 0 4 8 Unknown
Buteo 1 1 2 Unknown Falcon 1 4 12 Unknown Eagle 0 0 0 Unknown Raptor 1 49
129 Total: 138 2361 12283
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