Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Allen Larner
Visitors: Louis Kauffman, Wade Hildreth, Shannon and Chris Updike, Linda Corwin, Coleman Ticer, Jennifer Jowdy, Marshall Faintich, Erin Johnson, Betty Mooney, Janet Paisley, Pat and John Lloyd, Nina Kaplan, Minot/Charlotte/Gillian Clements, Cole Burrell, Len and Ellen Smock, Peter Dutnell.
Weather: Another beautiful day with moderate NW winds throughout that shifted to NE after 3pm. Partly cloudy early becoming partly sunny after 2pm. Lots of clouds to help spot raptors! Temp. 9.2-21.3-18.3C. Clear visibility.
Raptor Observations: The morning highlight was an immature Mississippi Kite out to the west at 9:35am. It gave a long, nice study as it slowly flew due south with its typical buoyant flight and long, slender, pointed wings and hallmark bell-shaped tail. The afternoon highlight was the Broad-winged Hawk flight! Small groups (from 6-24) came through periodically, usually soaring fast high overhead with a few kettles. Then at 2:30pm Jennifer spotted a nice kettle of 67 directly overhead giving everyone super looks! Then an hour later Jennifer again spotted a kettle to the west, however this one was big and contained 177 birds!
Bald Eagles again came through in good numbers with 12 today (mostly singles): 9:20 1st-YR, 9:44 1st-YR, 10:00 adult, 10:15 two adults, 11:14 2nd-YR, 11:48 3rd-YR, 12:01 adult, 12:35 1st-YR, 1:16 2nd-YR, 2:17 adult, 3:11 3rd-YR.
Osprey numbers continue to be low.
Non-raptor Observations: A single Common Loon flying east fast over the ridge. 45 Monarchs. 3 Hot air balloons flying to the east early. 1 Great Blue Heron, 16 Hummingbird, 2 Red-headed Woodpecker, 9 Raven, 2 Barn Swallow, 1 House Wren, 57 Waxwing, 4 Cape May Warbler, 2 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Scarlet Tanager. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org