Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:45:00 Total observation time: 7.75 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Observers: Don Snyder, Jerry McWilliams, Jerry Stanley, Julie Leonard, Ken Felix, Roger Donn, Russ States, Sam Stull
Visitors: I had lots of wonderful help today counting and spotting birds including Russ States, Ken Felix, Joao Taveres, Julie Leonard, Jerry Stanley, Kathy Goodblood, Don Snyder, Sam Stull, David Sublette, Bonnie Ginader, Mark Lethaby, and Roger Donn.
Weather: Mostly cloudy all day with a light SE wind becoming variable at times. Temps. reaching the mid 60s F.
Raptor Observations: A spectacular flight with a continuous movement of birds right along the lake throughout the day. Over 150 vultures were in the air at times. It was a good day for kestrels as well. Highlight was a Golden Eagle passing the watch between the 1000 and 1100 hrs., perhaps a second year bird, showing a limited amount of white at the base of the primaries and tail.
Non-raptor Observations: Highlight was a single Sandhill Crane flying SW. Other birds on the move were Wood Duck--2,Common Loon--6, Double-crested Cormorant--12, Great Blue Heron--7, Northern Flicker--23, Tree Swallow--many, American Robin--100+, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, and Brown-headed Cowbird--many
Predictions: Warm with SW wind, but heavy rain likely in the morning then becoming colder in the PM. No flight likely.
Jerry McWilliams Erie, Erie Co., Pa. <jerrymcw...>