Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:45:00 Total observation time: 8.75 hours
Official Counter: Mike Zebehazy
Observers: Dennis Russell, Joe Sullivan, Wendy Zebehazy
Visitors: Bert Schweigert; Eric Todd; Bruce Hoover; Joe Sullivan; Dennis Russell and his brother, Marty. Wendy Zebehazy; and Gene.
Weather: The day started with relatively light 5 mph (8 kph) ESE winds that eventually increased to a sustained 15 mph (31 kph) with gusts around 20 to 25 mph (32 - 40 kph). The wind shifted from ESE to ENE at various times throughout the day. Temperatures increased all day from 7 Celsius to about 21 Celsius.
Raptor Observations: The day began slowly with a few TVs and a Cooper's Hawk. During the 11am to 12pm (EST) hour numbers increased substantially with large kettles of TVs dominating. There were good numbers of Red-tails and Sharp-shins and a pretty good Kestrel flight. The top birds of the day were a single Black Vulture at about 2:15pm followed twenty minutes later by a Golden Eagle at about 2:35pm.
The easterly winds pushed the birds closer to the lake so the entire day was spent at the far side of Lakeside Cemetery with a better view of the migrants. As the sustained winds grew stronger birds were pushed farther west; then, they would head inland almost due East and begin to kettle. Again, the winds would push them west towards the lake, and, again, they would turn east and kettle closer to the watch site. This happened repeatedly as they made there way on a generally NE line. Also, as the day warmed from 45F (7C) to 70F (21C) the height of the flight increased to the point where binoculars were necessary to pick up the birds as they kettled and streamed past.
Non-raptor Observations: Hundreds of blackbirds and grackles migrated past all day, as well as several flocks of house finches and goldfinches. There were many yellow-shafted flickers migrating today and at least ten belted kingfishers, too. We also had about ten great blue herons and two common loons late in the afternoon.
Predictions: Weather forecast calls for periods of rain Tuesday with SW winds. There is also a wind advisory for the region from late Tuesday morning through Tuesday night with 30 mph (48 kph) winds and 50 mph (80 kph) gusts. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Michael Zebehazy (<zebs...>)
Site Description: This spring only "all volunteer" watch is conducted at Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg, NY. It is located on flat lake plain located along the shoreline of the east end of Lake Erie, about 10 miles south of Buffalo, NY. For additional information contact Jim Landau at <landaujr...>