Observation start time: 11:30:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Mike Zebehazy
Weather: Snow and strong NNW winds early delayed the start.Temperature went from 1 to 2 degrees Celsius. The snow subsided but the strong winds continued. Also, there was 100% cloud cover for the duration.
Raptor Observations: One Merlin zoomed through, low and fast, in the back of the cemetery site. Very little else to report. Four TVs took what seemed like forever to make there way through but eventually did; at times they were flying in reverse. One local Red-tail spent at least 10 minutes hovering in place without flapping and very little forward movement. I'm not sure if it was hunting or just enjoying the ability to hover due to the strong wind.
Non-raptor Observations: Three pairs of Common Merganser were on the pond in back. A single Common Loon flew over the primary site heading directly west to the lake. Surprisingly, there were many low flying blackbirds, grackles and robins heading north against a severe cross wind. ======================================================================== 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...>