Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 19:00:00 Total observation time: 12.5 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Baxter Beamer, Gabriel Mapel
Visitors: Shannon and Chris Updike, Sara and Tom Huley (Sara has been a counter at the Golden Gate Bridge Hawk Watch), Peter Clark, Emily Southgate, Carol Miller, Ted Thomason, Penny Owings
Weather: Very nice, clear day with >25 km visibility. Strong NW winds. Temp. 13-21C. Mostly sunny with some nice clouds. Migration was held up during the past two days of rain.
Raptor Observations: Today was quite a day to remember! We crushed our previous single-day Bald Eagle record! The previous day-record was 19 on 9/14/2010. Today we had a total of 32 migrating Bald Eagles with two hours with 10 eagles each!! Many family groups and lots of 1st-YR birds!
A very good Kestrel day today with 12 and an excellent Osprey day with 26! The last raptor was a pair of Osprey at 6:40pm. The first raptor of the day was the first Merlin of the season at 6:50am.
Non-raptor Observations: 7 Monarchs, 2 Double-crested Cormorant, 226 Common Nighthawks (mostly in the final hour of the day), 237 Chimney Swift, 90 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 5 Raven, 13 Barn Swallow, 11 Tree Swallow, 3 Cliff Swallow, 5 Bank Swallow, 58 Cedar Waxwing, 2 Baltimore Oriole, 598 Common Grackle, 1 Scarlet Tanager.
Predictions: Sunny ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org