RMERF counts, October 9

Tuesday, October 09 Mount Lorette [NO OBSERVATION]. (Cliff Hansen and Rick Robb 0830-1650). The temperature was -4C to -1C, wind was N 5-10 gusting 15 km/h and cloud cover was 100% low stratus that produced light snow and obscured all mountains. The few birds identified were 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Black-billed Magpies, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets and 1 Varied Thrush.

 

Tuesday, October 09 Vicki Ridge [NO OBSERVATION]. The temperature was -4C, winds were E-ENE 15-20 km/h and cloud cover was 100% low stratus that completely obscured the ridge. Light snow fell all day.

 

Tuesday, October 09 Steeples [Day 17] 1315-1745 (Vance Mattson). The precipitation that was forecast did not arrive although it was a cloudy day with 60-80% cumulus and altostratus, a temperature of 9C and NW and, later in the day, E winds. A total of 11 migrants of 4 species were seen up to 1702 which comprised 3 juvenile Bald Eagles, 3u Sharp-shinned Hawks, 2 Northern Goshawks (1j, 1u) and 3 Golden Eagles (1a, 1j, 1u). Four non-migrant Bald Eagles (3a, 1j) were seen but, unlike the last couple of days, they were not heading north. The last migrant was a juvenile Golden Eagle that soared low at length, then rose very high and joined 6 soaring ravens which immediately set about the eagle that quickly glided to the south after making a brief token rejoinder.

4.5 hours (75) BAEA 3 (56), SSHA 3 (62), NOGO 2 (3), GOEA 3 (106) TOTAL 11 (328)

 

 

SUMMARY COUNTS, FALL 2018
MOUNT LORETTE September 20-November 15 VICKI RIDGE September 20-November 15 STEEPLES September 20-November 15
DAYS 16 13 17
HOURS 160.2 115.8 75
TURKEY VULTURE (TUVU) 0 0 1
OSPREY (OSPR) 3 8 2
BALD EAGLE (BAEA) 38 41 56
NORTHERN HARRIER (NOHA) 6 12 8
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (SSHA) 50 464 62
COOPER’S HAWK (COHA) 4 64 4
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (NOGO) 18 27 3
Accipiter sp. (UA) 5 4 0
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (BWHA) 1 18 3
SWAINSON’S HAWK (SWHA) 1 2 0
RED-TAILED HAWK (RTHA) 14 122 73
FERRUGINOUS HAWK (FEHA) 0 6 0
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (RLHA) 9 32 3
Buteo sp. (UB) 1 19 0
GOLDEN EAGLE (GOEA) 1000 646 106
Eagle sp. (UE) 11 1 2
AMERICAN KESTREL (AMKE) 0 11 3
MERLIN (MERL) 3 16 1
GYRFALCON (GYRF) 1 0 0
PEREGRINE FALCON (PEFA) 1 7 1
PRAIRIE FALCON (PRFA) 3 2 0
Falco sp. (UF) 1 2 0
Unidentified Raptor (UU) 3 4 0
TOTALS 1176 1508 328