Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Katie Andersen, Ken Felix, Roger Donn, Russ States
Visitors: Lots of help in the morning, but only three of us in the PM on the return to the watch. Spotters and observers included Ken Felix, Roger Donn, Russ States, Sam Stull, Jennifer, Andrea, and Katie Andersen. Visitors included Bonnie Ginader, Joao Taveres, Ruth Swaney and Carol Allen.
Weather: A warm start with SW wind and mostly clear sky then becoming cloudy and cold with a wind shift to the NW and rain. Partial clearing with a wind shift back to the SW after 1315 hrs. and much warmer temps.
Raptor Observations: A very disappointing start to the day with and few birds then the rain came and the temp. dropped about 10 degrees with NW wind. It began to clear in the afternoon with another slow start until about the 1500 hr. then the skies opened up with birds with a nice early flight of Broad-winged Hawks and Turkey Vultures and decent number of other raptors. The flight lasted until about 1615 then it shut down again.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Loon--12, Double-crested Cormorant--60, Great Blue Heron--1, Eastern Bluebird--1, American Robin--20, Barn Swallow--2, Northern Flicker--18, Eastern Meadowlark--3, American Goldfinch--1, Pine Siskin--9, Red Admiral--62+, Common Green Darner--2
Predictions: If the rain holds off in the AM there could be a continuation of the flight we had later today. SW wind and warm temps. in the AM then rain and falling temps. predicted for the PM.
Jerry McWilliams Erie, Erie County, Pa. <jerrymcw...>