Daily Reports for Spring 2019

Daily Reports from Derby Hill Bird Observatory

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Observation start time: 6:30 a.m.
Observation end time: 4:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: NR

Weather: Mostly cloudy in the morning becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon, light wind variable but mostly NW, temperature 25-40 degrees.

Raptor Notes:Another modest push of Turkey Vultures, buteos, and eagles.

Non-raptor Notes:Another light non-raptor migration.

Predictions:Tomorrow’s forecast of sunny skies, SE winds, and a high of 48 sounds perfect for a good day of migration.

 

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Observation start time: 6:30 a.m.
Observation end time: 2:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: Dave Fitch, Bill Purcell
Visitors: NR

Weather: Light SW winds shifted to NW around 11 am, partly cloudy skies with a little snow shower, temperature 21-37 degrees F.

Raptor Notes:Modest numbers of Turkey Vultures and buteos moving.

Non-raptor Notes:With a rather chilly start to the day (21 degrees), only small numbers of non-raptors were moving (2152 individuals of 35 species).

Predictions:Tomorrow looks mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers and light west winds, so not a lot will be happening, but Wednesday looks better with south winds and a high of 46 degrees.

 

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Observation start time: 9:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 1:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: NR
Weather: NR
Raptor Notes:NR
Non-raptor Notes:NR
Predictions:NR

 

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Observation start time: 10:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 2:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers:
Visitors: 

Weather: Overcast with very strong W-NW winds, temperature in low 30s. 

Raptor Notes:Only a few birds observed today.

Non-raptor Notes:The only non-raptors moving today were some large flocks of Snow Geese totaling 4,160.

Predictions:Tomorrow will still be very cold with NW winds, so there isn’t likely to be much happening.

 

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Observation start time: 6:15 a.m.
Observation end time: 2:30 p.m.
Total observation time: 8.25 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: David Wheeler
Visitors: 1 

Weather: Sunny early in am but quickly became overcast and remained so throughout the rest of the day, light west wind, temperature falling from 54 to 45 through the day. 

Raptor Notes:Modest flight, birds spread out, switched from North Lookout to South Lookout at 12:30 pm, first Peregrine (adult) and Northern Goshawk (juvenile) of the season

Non-raptor Notes:Not as many non-raptors as yesterday but the first big push of Snow Goose occurred in the morning and many other waterfowl were flying about. Some non-raptor highlights include 6321 Snow Geese, 1 Cackling Goose, 7722 Canada Geese, 122 Wood Ducks, 18 Gadwall, 27 American Wigeon, 59 American Black Ducks, 32 Northern Pintail, 26 Green-winged Teal, 293 Ring-necked Ducks, 1302 American Crows. First Belted Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark.

Predictions:Snow showers, strong west winds, temperature in low 30s- does not bode well for raptor migration.

 

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Observation start time: 6:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 6:30 p.m.
Total observation time: 12.5 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: Joe Brin, Bill Purcell, Mickey Scilingo, David Wheeler
Visitors: 10- thanks to all the visitors who came out to watch and help spot birds, and to Judy for her yummy cookies and suet donations. 

Weather: Mostly overcast with occasional sun, moderate SE wind, temperature 40-53 degrees F. 

Raptor Notes:First good push of buteos: Red-shouldered, Red-tailed, and Rough-legged Hawks. First Merlins.

Non-raptor Notes:Large non-raptor flight included 84 Snow Geese, 1 Cackling Goose, 9898 Canada Geese, 71 Wood Ducks, 44 Northern Pintail, 33 Ring-necked Ducks, 34 Hooded Mergansers, 51 Killdeer, 7242 American Crows, 971 American Robins, 2736 European Starlings, 22 Snow Buntings, 35,409 Red-winged Blackbirds, 230 Common Grackles. Noted first American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Great Blue Heron, Tree Swallow, and Brown-headed Cowbird of the season.

Predictions: With rain in the morning, mostly cloudy skies and west winds, tomorrow will probably not be anything like today.

 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Observation start time: 6:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 3:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: Bill Purcell, Ken Burdick
Visitors: Dave Fitch 

Weather: Mostly overcast with light SE wind, temperature rising to about
40 degrees F.
 

Raptor Notes:Only a few migrants including first American Kestrel and Red-shouldered Hawk. 

Non-raptor Notes:Decent migration with 3 Cackling Geese, 2873 Canada Geese, 3580 American Crows, 51 Horned Larks, 222 American Robins, 438 European Starlings, 64 Cedar Waxwings, 51 Red-winged Blackbirds. Also first Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Mute Swan.Predictions: Tomorrow should be fairly good with SE winds and mostly cloudy skies.

Predictions: Tomorrow should be fairly good with SE winds and mostly cloudy skies.

 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Observation start time: 9:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 2:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: NR 

Weather: Strong NW winds, temperature remained below freezing, sun came out for a bit but then clouded up again

Raptor Notes: Virtually nothing moving today

Non-raptor Notes: NR

Predictions: NR

 

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Observation start time: 7:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 6:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 11 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: Mickey Scilingo
Visitors: NR

Weather: Overcast with very strong west winds 18-26 mph with gusts to 35 mph, temperature in the mid-30s.

Raptor Notes: Very few migrants observed.

Non-raptor Notes: Nice American Crow migration in the morning (2199) and large reverse migration of gulls in the afternoon (7594 Ring-billed Gulls, 164 Herring Gulls, 12 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Iceland Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, all headed west). A good variety of waterfowl were seen including the first Canvasback, Green-winged Teal and Hooded Mergansers. Also noted first Northern Flicker and 2 Snow Buntings.

Predictions: Strong west winds and cool temperatures continue tomorrow, but a few birds might move when the sun comes out in the afternoon.

 

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Observation start time: 9:30 a.m.
Observation end time: 2:30 p.m.
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: Bill Purcell
Visitors: NR 

Weather: Overcast with strong SE winds, temperature reaching the lower 40s, rain and sleet before and after the count.

Raptor Notes:. Small number of Rough-legs and harriers mostly heading out over the lake. 

Non-raptor Notes:26 Canada Geese, 8 American Black Ducks, 2 Mallards, 6 Redheads, 12 Greater Scaup, 4 Buffleheads, 3 Common Mergansers, 13 Ring-billed Gulls, 254 American Crows, 2 Common Ravens, 3 Horned Larks, 23 American Robins, 16 European Starlings were all seen flying over the North Lookout.

Predictions: Strong West winds and cool temperatures the next few days will likely not produce much migration but by next Thursday and Friday it will be warmer.

 

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Observation start time: 9:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 3:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: Bill PurcellVisitors: NR

Weather: Calm wind became light lake breeze around noon, sunny skies, temperature rose just above freezing.

Raptor Notes: Small number of Red-tails and eagles pushed well to the south with winds off the lake.

Non-raptor Notes: 661 American Crows, 2 Eastern Bluebirds, 19 European Starlings, 1Common Redpoll

Predictions: NR

 

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Observation start time: 9:30 a.m.
Observation end time: 4:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: Gerry Smith and Bill Purcell
Weather: Remained below freezing, but was sunny with light southwest winds

 Raptor Notes: A few birds started moving in the mid-afternoon. First Golden Eagle, Turkey Vulture and Cooper’s Hawk of the season.

Non-raptor Notes: 168 American Crows, Dark-eyed Junco singing.

Predictions: A small flight might develop tomorrow once it warms up but a light lake breeze might push the birds to the south lookout. Although there will be strong SE winds on Sunday, its supposed to rain all day so there probably won’t be much happening for raptors. 

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Observation start time: 9:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 10:00 a.m.
Total observation time: 1 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: NR 

Weather: Strong west winds and cold temperatures with lake effect snow. 

Raptor Notes: No migrants observed. 

Non-raptor Notes: No migrants observed.Next Day Forecast: NR

 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Observation start time: 10:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 12:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 2 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: NR 

Weather: Partly sunny, 17 degrees F, N-NW wind 14-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph 

Raptor Notes: No migrants observed.

Non-raptor Notes: No migrants observed.

Next Day Forecast: More lake effect snow, cold temperatures, and strong west winds suggest tomorrow will be similar to today.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Observation start time: 10:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 2:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: NR 

Weather: Strong SW wind, partly sunny sky, temperature in the teens. 

Raptor Notes: Despite the southerly component to the wind, only 2 migrant raptors were seen.

Non-raptor Notes: Other than a few crows, no other migrants were seen.

Next Day Forecast: More lake effect snow tonight, cold temperatures, and strong west winds tomorrow indicate another slow day for migration.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Observation start time: 11:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 1:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 2 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: NR

Weather: Partly sunny with strong NW winds, blowing snow.

Raptor Notes: No migrants observed.

Non-raptor Notes:No migration today, not even crows.

Next Day Forecast: Heavy lake effect snow predicted tonight and tomorrow morning, and strong NW winds will continue, so I doubt there will be any migration tomorrow.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Observation start time: 10:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 2:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: NR 

Weather: Mostly overcast with light wind, occasional flurries, temperature in the low 30s.

Raptor Notes: Only a few migrants.

Non-raptor Notes:Small numbers of American Crows migrating (169).

Next Day Forecast: A few birds may move tomorrow after ten am when the sun is predicted to come out, but it will remain cold with west winds.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Observation start time: 10:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 2:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: NR
Visitors: None

 Weather: Heavy overcast and calm during first few hours, then light offshore (NE) breeze during last hour.

 Raptor Notes: No migration observed.

 Non-raptor Notes: A few American Crows moving, Iceland Gull on the lake.

Next Day Forecast: Continued snow and cold makes me suspect there won’t be any migration until at least until next Friday.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Observation start time: 9:00 a.m.
Observation end time: 3:00 p.m.
Total observation time: 4.53 hours
Official Counter: Karl Bardon
Observers: Bill Purcell, Gerry Smith, Mickey Scilingo
Visitors: 6

 Weather: Sunny with light south winds, about two inches of snow on the ground.

Raptor Notes: Roughly ten Bald Eagle were seen but most appeared to be just flying back and forth, and only four were counted as migrants.

Non-raptor Notes: 60 American Crows were counted migrating, 2 Eastern Bluebirds were seen at the South Lookout.

Next Day Forecast: The forecast for the next week calls for snow showers and temperatures below freezing so it is unlikely there will be much if any migration.