A young women from Texas was the only person to visit the hawkwatch today.Below the summit, a group of about 15 men and women fired up theirchainsaws, and began clearing detritus from an earlier winter storm. By thetime I left, they had bucked and neatly stacked most of the debris whichhad come down near the parking area.
Today was not the most comfortable day on top of the mountain, although, itcould always be worse.Fog, which reduced visibility to less than a mile, could have delayed oreven ended the start. About 40 minutes in and some clearing becameapparent. Overall, the view of the surrounding area remained poor for theduration of the count.Winds were fairly light from the northeast, shifting to more easterly byearly afternoon.The air was relatively cold and damp, in the low 30's. A fine mist turnedto defined droplets of water on top of anything exposed.By early afternoon the mist started turning to rain, which was the decidingfactor for ending the count early.
For anyone who has followed these reports, it will probably not come as asurprise to hear that our local Bald Eagles could be seen dropping into thefarm fields to the southwest.The eagles were the only non migrating raptors to be observed today.
Most of the day was very quiet, with the exception of 32 northboundAmerican Robins.Only 13 species were seen or heard today.
Partly cloudy skies in the morning may turn mostly cloudy by theafternoon.Temperatures may climb into the mid to upper 40's.Wind speed could be between 10-20 mph from the south. Let's hope there isa slight southwest component tmixed in.With sun and warm temperatures, it looks like a good day for seeing somebird activity. I'm hoping to spot some migrants before they are pushednorth, to the west of the mountain.
Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp