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Love for the shack

It is not a “Love Shack”. Maybe sometimes a party shack. I found an empty six pack of Keweenaw Brewery’s Widow Maker in it after a snow day off. I’m sure there was a designated driver. The shack is about equal to 3 normal size closets back to back to back. A good size of plexiglass on all 4 sides and a door that closes. It was cold and very windy today and without the shack I don’t know how a count could happen. I prefer not being in the shack because of having a better field of view outside but for 2 days in a row the shack was critical. Did I mention it has a comfy swivel chair? Love the Shack, Bob

March is gone but winter is not

March 31 and April 1 were lost to snow and for the most part so was today. The count totals for March are at the end of this post. March had 4 good flight days. March 25,26 & 28 all had strong wind with a southerly component and the high temperatures were all above freezing. The largest flight, Mar 28, had a high temp of 8 C. The fourth good flight day had NW winds and a high temp of 6 C, the second warmest day of the season. March had 2.5 days lost to snow and or fog.

DATE TOTAL BE NH CH NG RT RL GE
15-Mar 0
16-Mar 0
17-Mar 36 35 1
18-Mar 4 3 1
19-Mar 2 2
20-Mar 8 7 1
21-Mar 2 2
22-Mar 3 3
23-Mar 5 3 1 1
24-Mar 2 1 1
25-Mar 24 22 2
26-Mar 20 20
27-Mar 0
28-Mar 85 77 2 1 4 1
29-Mar 5 5
30-Mar 0
31-Mar 0
TOTAL 196 180 0 2 2 5 1 6

Brockway Mt today

Robust southerly winds sent some birds. A fun day. Bob

DATE COUNTER(S) TOTAL BE CH NG RT RL GE
15-Mar Bob Baez 0
16-Mar Bob Baez 0
17-Mar Bob Baez 36 35 1
18-Mar Bob Baez 4 3 1
19-Mar Joe Youngman 2 2
20-Mar Bob Baez 8 7 1
21-Mar Bob Baez 2 2
22-Mar Bob Baez 3 3
23-Mar Bob Baez 5 3 1 1
24-Mar Bob Baez 2 1 1
25-Mar Bob Baez 24 22 2
26-Mar Joe Youngman 20 20
27-Mar no count FOG 0
28-Mar 85 77 2 1 4 1
TOTAL 191 175 2 2 5 1 6

post from Bob

Hi, I am Bob the new counter. With healthy southerly winds on Sunday and Monday the Bald Eagles were moving. 22 east moving birds on Sunday and 20 today with Joe Youngman doing the count. A southerly south component to the wind is sweet especially with a bit of warmth. The count started on 15 March and the eastbound numbers are

DATE TOTAL BE NG RT RL GE
15-Mar 0
16-Mar 0
17-Mar 33 32 1
18-Mar 4 3 1
19-Mar 2 2
20-Mar 8 7 1
21-Mar 2 2
22-Mar 3 3
23-Mar 5 3 1 1
24-Mar 2 1 1
25-Mar 24 22 2
26-Mar 20 20
TOTAL 103 95 1 1 1 5

 

Counter for 2018!

We are pleased to announce we have hired a lead counter for the 2018 season.

Bob Baez will be with us this spring, braving the elements on Brockway Mountain from March 15th through June 15th.
Here’s to a great count in 2018!

 

10,000 and the end of the Season

June dragged to a finish and added just over 900 new birds to the season total. This is the first time less then 1,500 birds have been recorded in June since 2010, for prospective 2013 had over 7,000 birds!

While low, the 900 were enough to push the season total over 10,000. While this is the third lowest total in the history of the count, breaking 10,000 is always good for the counter’s sanity. For a more thorough breakdown of this spring checkout the (soon to be finished ) report that will posted sometime in the next few weeks.

The last day of the season featured a mid afternoon thunderstorm that led to some interesting fog and cloud formations and some brief but heavy rain.

At the start of the month the Raven young spent the first hour of the count loafing and catching bugs in front of the shack, giving some of the most intimate views I’ve ever had. They’ve since expanded their flying skills and their range and now are seen anywhere in a couple mile radius of the west overlook.

In the miscellaneous category we have this Barred Owl that flushed off the road one rainy morning, and an adult Black-bellied Plover that spent a couple days in Cat Habor. A few late migrants in town included a male Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, and House Wren.

That’s a wrap folks, enjoy the summer!