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Quaker Ridge Hawk-watch October 17, 2010

posted Oct 19, 2010, 1:34 PM by Arie Gilbert
By Lou Widerka

Members in attendance on trip were, Arie Gilbert, Bernie & Linda Klempner, Eric Miller, Jeff Ritter and Lou Widerka. 

We were lucky that the weather was great, sunny warm with a light breeze. The drive up to the site is along the Hutcheson River Parkway is an absolutely beautiful trip during the fall leaf viewing season.   We arrived at Greenwich Audubon, which is a lovely location, at 8 AM.   The hawk watch had not yet begun because the thermals had not yet formed.  We took advantage of the trails which meander through varied habitat and saw the following (non-raptor) birds:  Canada Goose, Ring billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy& Hairy Woodpecker, Phoebe, Blue Jay, Amer. Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Robin, Catbird, Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Starling, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, N. Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow,  Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Cowbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, Goldfinch and House Sparrow.  We then got our beach chairs and scopes out of our cars and joined the hawk watch.  The following are the official counts as of 1 PM.  Although we observed many Red-tail Hawks the official count is zero.  This is because the counter has to make a judgment regarding is the hawk migrating?  Only migrating hawks are in the official count.  Turkey Vulture 35, Osprey 1, Bald Eagle 0, Northern Harrier 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 58, Cooper's Hawk 12, Northern Goshawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 18, Broad-winged Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 0 (many seen), Rough-legged Hawk 0, Golden Eagle 0, American Kestrel 1 (we had 2 before the count team arrived), Merlin 1, Peregrine Falcon 0, unidentified Falcon 1.

All in all we had a great day the weather was great, the birds were great the camaraderie was great and the Greenwich Audubon is a lovely location.