Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Anna Stunkel
Observers: Joe Beatty, Ned Brinkley, Steve Thornhill
Weather: Winds were moderate, gusty, and mainly from the east, with overcast skies and some showers in the afternoon. Temperatures were in the high sixties to low seventies.
Raptor Observations: The season kicked off with an Osprey landing on the telephone pole at precisely 6:30 am EST. The bird proceeded to enjoy its breakfast (a large fish) on the pole, and then sat there in a food coma for several hours. There was nice diversity today, and about half of the flight was composed of Ospreys. We had some great looks at Bald Eagles, harriers, and falcons as well. A peregrine zoomed by very low and close overhead.
Non-raptor Observations: Hundreds of Purple Martins were on the move. At least 30 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers flew overhead! A single flock of nine Great Blue Herons passed by, along with a few other singletons throughout the day. Other highlights included:
22 White Ibises and 5 Glossy Ibises (including one mixed flock of 9 White Ibises and 5 Glossy Ibises) 1 Common Nighthawk 1 Great Crested Flycatcher
======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>) Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at: www.cvwo.org