Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Baxter Beamer, Dave Hunter, Dave Shoch, Gabriel Mapel, Josh Laubach, Rose Thomas
Visitors: Over 115 Visitors today including: Ann Cline, Sheri Laubach, Jane Smith, Peggy Combs (Richmond), Janet Hughes (Lexington), Karen Hembree (Lexington), Jane and Larry Litlee, Wendy Gnest, Terri Thompson (Troy), Mike Armstrong (Marshall), Patti Reum (Blue Grass U.K.), Brad Odom, Rose Sebastian, Mary Ann and Tom Christensen, Susann and David Minton, Karen and Isabell Wright (Columbia), Ellie Clough (Palmyra), Jenny Collins, Alex Oriz, Kelp Armstrong (Marshall), Paul Mithcell, Rachel Schade, Chris Kapvah, Amy Neale (Rochelle), Laura Nieole (Fairfield), Wendy Richards (Lexington), Ted Thomason (Richmond), Huck Hutchens (Weslaco, TX), Chia Fang and Ko-Jen Shih (Gordonsville), Jin and Nick Winter, Pat Martin (Harrisonburg), Kathie and Wayne Kurtz (Harrisonburg), Devagne Martin (Harrisonburg), Eleanor Busa (Ruckersville), Nickie Dunivan, Wesley Baber (Faber), Sand Kams (RIchmond), Eliza Evans (North Garden), Paige Ellestad (Lexington), Marian Betty, Kirsten Pickford, Cheyenne Crawford, Ann and Don Brady (Ruckersville), Norris Trimmer (Lexington), Pete Armetta, Beth Neville and John Evans (North Garden), Peg and Ray Leinbach (Lexington), Hors McKim (White Hall), Wade Hildreth (Sophia), Jennifer Jowdy, Max Nootbar, Sam and Nick Winter, Tucker Beamer, Paul Buckley, Mei-Ling Hopkins, Dana Wheeles, Lauren Edzenga (MOrrestown, NJ), LUcy Ivey, Sue Donovan, John Maddison, Peter Van Acker, Marilyn Nash, Stan Heatwole, Jen and Jackson and Peyton Skipper, Grady and Tilde Rejagopder, Ron Kinlston, Nancy Davidson, Nancy Gibson, Mary Ames, Lydia and Doug Price (Stanardsville), Barak Brashear, Pat Coldewey (Palmyra), Deborah Andersen, Steve Pullinger, Bob and Max and Mary Sandkam (Richmond), Christy and Matthew, Mary Mapel, Carroll Lambeth (Lynchburg), Jinny Woldall (Lynchburg), Zmick family, Shearer family, Burden family, Dennis Life, Ed and Donna Lewis, Kelly and Brandon Sheely, Drew Green.
Weather: Beautiful day with moderate NW winds and partly cloudy sky. Clear visibility and temps of 10.5-20.2C.
Raptor Observations: A busy morning with 15, 38, and 56 Broad-winged Hawks in the 9, 10, and 11am hours. Several small groups and one larger group of 29 containing one Peregrine Falcon (unaged) at 11:30am. Nine Bald Eagles: 7 adults (10:24, 10:31, 12:10, 2:35, 3:12, 3:25, 4:03) and two immatures (10:31 1st-YR and 12:55 imm.). First raptor was 8:50 Broad-winged Hawk and last raptor was 4:05 Osprey.
Non-raptor Observations: 3 Hot air balloons welcomed us soon after sunrise. 13 Monarchs. 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 145 Swifts, 11 Hummingbirds, 2 Red-headed Woodpecker, 30 Tree Swallow, 5 Raven, 37 Waxwing, 12 Cape May Warbler, 1 Magnolia Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Scarlet Tanager.
Today we had another successful Open House with lots of visitors, grilled hot dogs and veggie burgers, and plenty of activities and exhibits including: Wildlife Center of Virginia raptor program, Augusta Bird Club, raptor identification workshops, Monarchs - egg to butterfly, Master Naturalists, American Kestrel exhibit, and more.
Predictions: Nice again ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org