Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 18:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Lewis Grove
Observers: Bob Fredrick, Chuck Widmann, Joe Verica, Nick Bolgiano
Visitors: Jon Kauffman
Weather: Partly cloudy early with moderate E winds. Dark clouds built throughout the day, mostly to the south as rain moved into the area. Overcast by the end of the day, with stronger winds having shifted around to the SE.
Raptor Observations: Good flight today, including the first Broad-winged Hawk of the season at 1208 EST.
The final Golden Eagle of the day appeared very close over the trees on the SE side of the ridge with a raven practically riding on its back. The raven "escorted" the eagle across the powerline cut before circling back around. Fewer adult eagles these days, it seems.
Non-raptor Observations: Notably more songbirds around the ridge today. There were multiple mixed flocks along the ridge, including notably increased numbers of kinglets, juncos and creepers. The kinglets and juncos were practicing their songs a bit, the first time I've heard such this spring.
Predictions: Rain early, though likely clearing up somewhat by late morning. Potentially very strong WSW winds in the afternoon. Tough to say how much of a flight there will be. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Lewis Grove (<zugunlew...>) Tussey Mountain information may be found at: http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/