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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Frank Windfelder

November 2, 2008
BAKE OVEN KNOB, PA

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As Bill Murphy and I drove up to Bake Oven Knob, we didn’t know what to expect. The winds were predicted to be out of the northeast, not necessarily a good direction for raptors. As we headed up the slope, a calling Pileated Woodpecker was a good omen. We met Chris Walters and Win Shafer in the parking lot. A small flock of Pine Siskins flew over. We were also joined by Tony Croasdale, Matt Halley, Ilana Grabin and Josh Robison. At that point, a Snow Bunting flew over. A second individual actually landed, and Todd Fellenbaum was able to get some good pictures (see below).

In view of the wind forecast, we decided to go to the closer South Lookout. That proved to be the correct decision. Even the hawk counters joined us there. Two latecomers showed up, Vincent Nichnadowicz and Herc Hoffman. Good looks were had of several Golden Eagles and Northern Goshawks. We had never seen so many ravens.

In summary, we had a wonderful day. There were lots of hawks and the weather was pleasant. The scenery was spectacular. In earlier years the trees were bare, but in recent years the fall foliage has been spectacular.

The final raptor total was as follows:

Turkey Vulture – 25
BlackVulture - 8
Red-tailed Hawk – 50
Golden Eagle – 3
Red-shouldered Hawk – 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 6
Cooper’s Hawk – 4
Northern Goshawk – 3
Bald Eagle – 1
Common Raven – 30
Northern Harrier – 4
Osprey – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
American Kestrel- 3


Frank Windfelder
Philadelphia, PA

Pictures by Todd Fellenbaum