[CT Birds] Boothe Park Hawk Watch 09/21/15 - 299 raptors

Scott Kruitbosch skruitbosch at rtpi.org
Mon Sep 21 17:57:01 EDT 2015


Boothe Memorial Park
Stratford, Connecticut, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0              4              4
Osprey                      47            399            399
Bald Eagle                  15            100            100
Northern Harrier             2              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk          71            254            254
Cooper's Hawk                8             23             23
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          134            345            345
Red-tailed Hawk              1              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            13             52             52
Merlin                       3             16             16
Peregrine Falcon             3              5              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             13             13

Total:                     299           1223           1223

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end   time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Scott Kruitbosch

Observers:        Bill Banks, Jim Cortina, Ron Pelletier, Tom Murray

Seven visitors plus News 12 Connecticut! Look for a small feature on our
hawk watch and the birds.

With it being 26-33 or so hours after the cold front's passage cooperative
conditions continued, at least initially. The subsequent high was quick to
make its escape to upstate NY and N NE. This added a NE then E component to
the flow, though it also lightened the wind as the day wore on, really
calming from 8-12MPH to 4-7MPH or less in the middle of the afternoon. A
little sea breeze took over with the upper flow visibly shifting W to E and
even a bit S, killing our chances for any sizable movement or any migration
really after 14:00 or so. Temperatures climbed out of the mid 50s to around
70 with dry, temperate air. A weak shortwave moving through today (where
was it yesterday?!) really helped provide lovely cirrus and occasionally
mackerel skies.

Raptor Observations:
Things heated up relatively quickly for our standards, with activity
beginning a little before 10 and rolling through noon. The early afternoon
was productive but things died rapidly in the 2 o'clock hour. Birds were
taking all paths, N to S, mostly right overhead and heading W. They really
climbed high on thermals and if we did not have the clouds we did it would
have been brutal. Several local BAEA, OSPR, RTHA, TUVU, BLVU, and a RSHA.

Non-raptor Observations:
Southbound migrants included:
Canada Goose  4 - FOS
Common Loon  3 - FOS
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Tree Swallow  97
Cedar Waxwing  27

Migrants in the park included:
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
House Wren  1
Gray Catbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Palm Warbler  1
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)  10 - bodies zipping by around BCCH while we
were very busy with raptors mid morning
Undoubtedly a few of the Northern Flicker and Blue Jay which continue to be
noticeably abundant

It will probably be about the same or a little worse tomorrow initially,
and then end up very quiet after a while. This should be an odd week with
weak air masses shifting around us.
Report submitted by Scott Kruitbosch (skruitbosch at rtpi.org)
Boothe Memorial Park information may be found at:

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701-9620
Tel. (716) 665-2473 ext. 224
skruitbosch at rtpi.org
www.rtpi.org <http://www.rtpi.org>
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