Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Ken Felix, Russ States
Visitors: Russ States and Ken Felix assisted with the count. Paul and Cheryl stopped by to enjoy the flight. My wife Linda stopped by to see how the flight was going.
Weather: Clear skies with cirrus clouds and multiple jet contrails made for good viewing. SW winds early quickly shifting to the WNW to 15 mph. Mild temps. in the mid 50s.
Raptor Observations: Pockets of vultures streaming through all day with just a few hawks among them. Birds were flying low and along the lake until the wind shift at 1000 hrs. then the birds moved inland. They drifted from almost out of site to the south to suddenly moving back closer to the lake as the winds shifted briefly from the NW to the west. Vulture numbers really dropped off between 1000 and 1200 hrs. EST, then quickly picked up the final couple of hours. I suspect many birds gave us the slip to the south when the NW wind kicked in.
Non-raptor Observations: A couple of Sandhill Cranes moved past the watch independently for the highlight of the day. Other non-raptor migrants included Canada Goose 10, Common Loon 17, Double-crested Cormorant 95, Eastern Phoebe 1, Northern Flicker 3, Horned Lark 5
Predictions: SE winds and rising temps. could be could for another decent flight if the rain holds off.
Jerry McWilliams Erie, Erie County, Pa. <jerrymcw...>