Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:45:00 Total observation time: 6.75 hours
Official Counter: Jim Landau
Observers: Dennis Russell, Joe Sullivan, Mark Nichter, Mike Zebehazy, Sandy Radigan
Visitors: Clay Moden, Mike and Wendy Zebehazy, Joe Sullivan, Dennis and Marty Russell,Sandy Radigan, Jane Ricotta, and Mark Nichter.
Weather: A nice mix of sun and cloud, with a light west north west breeze.
Raptor Observations: A strong Turkey Vulture flight (surprise) with a nice showing of Red-shouldered Hawks in the morning. A Merlin flew in for the last hour and perched in the treeline, giving great looks.
Non-raptor Observations: The usual suspects, nothing new to add to the list.
Predictions: National Weather Service says, "A chance of rain after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 46. East wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%." Sounds like a good day for the William Williams Ball Park location. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Jim Landau (<landaujr...>)
Directions to site: Lakeside Cemetery is located in Hamburg, NY which is about 10 miles southwest of Buffalo, NY at the Hamburg Exit 57 of the NY State Thruway. Bear right after the toll booth onto Camp Road (Route 75). Proceed through the traffic light at Southwestern Blvd.(Route 20). The entrance to Lakeside Cemetery is on the left, less than 1/4 mile from the light. The watch is normally conducted half way between the entrance and the woods. An alternate site for easterly wind flights is at the William Williams Ball Park, located on Rogers Rd. Take Route 20 south from Camp Rd. Turn right at the Rogers Rd. traffic light, just past the Walmart store. The entrance to the ball park is on the left just before the railroad crossings.