Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 16:45:00 Total observation time: 8.25 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: Baron Gibson, Bill James, Darryl Martin, phillip ferguson
Visitors: Hikers, bikers and plenty of car traffic on the parkway today. Alan A. prepared hot chocolate and coffee for the group including a few of the through hikers and bikers that stopped for a break. Ranger Amy also stopped in and chatted for a while and even spotted one of the first broadwings on the day.
Weather: Temperature at the start of watch was 19c, rose to 25c by the ten o'clock hour but then dropped back to 18 by noon and then up to 24 by the end of watch. Sunny, cloudless skies to start but clouds steadily increased to about 75% by the end of the day. Wind was a steady 2 through the two o'clock hour, dropped to a 1 in the last two hours. Visibility remained a 5 throughout the watch.
Raptor Observations: First bird was an osprey at 9:00 and not much activity for the first several hours. In the noon hour there was a flurry of broadwings coming through and the last birds of the day were observed in the one o'clock hour. Two bald eagles, an adult and immature together at 12:57.
Non-raptor Observations: The usual TV/BV activity, two pileated woodpeckers, swifts, and few other small birds. Most raptors were observed over the knob with the majority very high up and difficult to spot against the clear blue. Plenty of help today with Alan, John Slaughter, Christine, and Don Aldridge all lending their eyes.
Predictions: More of the same, possibly a little warmer. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Mitch Mitchell () Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home