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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Frank Windfelder

November 4, 2006


Co-leader Bill Murphy, Erica Brendel and I drove to Bake Oven Knob, and managed to climb to the North Lookout by 8:45 AM. Only two raptors had passed by so far, as we were told by the official counters, but both were Golden Eagles. Amazingly, only a few minutes later, another Golden Eagle came by, the third of the morning, and the only one that we were to see. Its golden hackles gleamed in the sun.

After that, we were entertained by Cedar Waxwings, Eastern Bluebirds and Hermit Thrushes ,which were feeding on American Mountain Ash. We were surprised that there were so few hawks, given that the light northwest winds should have been ideal. However, we managed to get good looks at an immature Northern Goshawk at about 10:00 AM.

Erica’s eagle eyes were a big help. We enjoyed Red-shouldered Hawks, a couple of Northern Harriers, and a Northern Raven. At about 1:00 PM, a large but very distant raptor appeared. Bill identified it immediately just by the way it carried its wings. His original call proved correct as the adult Bald Eagle got closer.

Other participants were: Cindy and Eric Ahern, Mary Margaret Halsey, Sharon Magee, Mick Jeitner, Linda Rowan and Judy Stepanoski.

The final raptor total was as follows:

Turkey Vulture – 11
Northern Harrier – 2
Red-tailed Hawk – 30
Black Vulture – 4
Golden Eagle – 1
Red-shouldered Hawk – 4
Cooper’s Hawk – 2
Northern Goshawk – 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 18
Bald Eagle – 1
Northern Raven - 1

Frank Windfelder
Philadelphia, PA