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Ridgetop Important Bird Areas, Raptors, and Wind Turbines

Pennsylvania is unique in that several major migratory bird pathways converge on our state, with its complex topography and geographic position along the Atlantic and Appalachian Flyways. As a result, fall and spring bird migrations are annual phenomena that attract the attention of thousands of birders and wildlife lovers, locally, nationally, and internationally. Audubon Pennsylvania’s Hawk Watch at Waggoner’s Gap, located on the Kittatinny Ridge (Important Bird Area #51), is just one of many locations demonstrating this. Expert volunteer counters at Waggoner’s Gap recorded 21,582 migrating raptors during the 2005 fall migration season, including 14 species of diurnal raptors and two species of vultures. Total species counts are as follows: Black Vulture (95), Turkey Vulture (1814), Bald Eagle (303), Northern Harrier (332), Sharp-shinned Hawk (7020), Cooper’s Hawk (1054), Northern Goshawk (103), Red Shouldered Hawk (267), Broad-winged Hawk (4123), Red-tailed Hawk (4938), Rough-legged Hawk (12), Golden Eagle (242), American Kestrel (397), Merlin (147), Peregrine Falcon (66), and Unidentified Raptors (219).

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Date Of Record Release 2010-05-03 13:53:00
Description Pennsylvania is unique in that several major migratory bird pathways converge on our state, with its complex topography and geographic position along the Atlantic and Appalachian Flyways. As a result, fall and spring bird migrations are annual phenomena that attract the attention of thousands of birders and wildlife lovers, locally, nationally, and internationally. Audubon Pennsylvania’s Hawk Watch at Waggoner’s Gap, located on the Kittatinny Ridge (Important Bird Area #51), is just one of many locations demonstrating this. Expert volunteer counters at Waggoner’s Gap recorded 21,582 migrating raptors during the 2005 fall migration season, including 14 species of diurnal raptors and two species of vultures. Total species counts are as follows: Black Vulture (95), Turkey Vulture (1814), Bald Eagle (303), Northern Harrier (332), Sharp-shinned Hawk (7020), Cooper’s Hawk (1054), Northern Goshawk (103), Red Shouldered Hawk (267), Broad-winged Hawk (4123), Red-tailed Hawk (4938), Rough-legged Hawk (12), Golden Eagle (242), American Kestrel (397), Merlin (147), Peregrine Falcon (66), and Unidentified Raptors (219).
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Source Audubon Society
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Date Of Record Creation 2010-05-03 13:44:55
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Date Last Modified 2010-05-03 14:07:35
Creator Kim Van Fleet, Stacy Small
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2010-05-03 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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