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RoutePresho South Dakota (1257)
Location South Dakota, United States
Survey date 2024-02-12
Survey ID1855

Survey Conditions

Survey Date: 2024-02-12Start Time: 08:40:00End Time: 12:30:00
Temperature1.1 (C)6.4 (C)
Cloud Cover95 (%)100 (%)
Visibility10 (km)10 (km)
Precipitation0: None0: None
Wind Speed1: 1-5 km/h (1-3 mph)2: 6-11 km/h (4-7 mph)
Wind DirectionNWNW
WaterPartly frozenPartly frozen
Snow Depth0 (in)0 (in)
Observer 1Jerry Toll
Observer 2Carol Schmid
Observer 3
Observer 4
Notes Cloudy then sunny during mid-morning, then cloudy again. Surprisingly few raptors counted considering that the day before saw 3 times as many raptors on Pierre Grasslands route.

Survey Sightings

RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:40:001Perched Light•developed•stubble agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:50:001Flying Light•grassland•forested
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)09:10:001Perched Light•animal agriculture
ML (Merlin)09:15:001Perched •dirt agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:20:001Perched Dark•roadsides•stubble agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:30:001Perched LightAdult•developed•grassland
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:35:001Perched Light•stubble agriculture•hayfields
GE (Golden Eagle)09:40:001Perched Adult•roadsides•forested•developed
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)09:45:001Perched Light•roadsides•grassland•stubble agriculture
AK (American Kestrel)09:50:001Perched Male•roadsides•stubble agriculture•grassland
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:20:001Perched LightAdult•roadsides•grassland
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:45:001Perched LightAdult•roadsides•hayfields
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:50:001Perched LightAdult•roadsides•forested•stubble agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:55:001Perched LightAdult•developed•stubble agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:55:001Perched LightAdult•roadsides•stubble agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:25:001Perched LightAdult•roadsides•grassland
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:35:001Perched LightAdult•roadsides•grassland
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:40:001Perched LightImmature•roadsides•hayfields
FH (Ferruginous Hawk)11:50:001Flying LightAdult•hayfields
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:55:001Perched LightAdult•hayfields
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:55:001Perched LightAdult•hayfields
GE (Golden Eagle)12:00:002Flying Adult•hayfields
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:15:001Perched LightAdult•roadsides•grassland
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:20:001Perched Light•grassland

Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)17
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)2
ML (Merlin)1
GE (Golden Eagle)3
AK (American Kestrel)1
FH (Ferruginous Hawk)1