Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Cliff Otto, Kathleen Brockett, Steve Manifold
Visitors: 341 - a busy day for the orchard and the viewing platform. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by, asked questions about raptors and nature, or who bought a silhouette guide or gave a donation to the observatory!
Weather: Light to moderate NNW breeze and mostly cloudy skies for most of the day. Temps from the mid 50s to about 70F.
Raptor Observations: Best day of the season so far, with some small kettles (12, 8, 21) of Broad-wings appearing by late afternoon. Migrant piscivores (fish-eaters - i.e. Osprey and Bald Eagles) and accipiters continue in small to decent numbers.
Non-raptor Observations: Highlights: Tennessee, Cape May, and Black-throated Green Warblers, Scarlet Tanager, Purple Finch, Tree Swallow (5), Barn Swallow (7), a single Common Nighthawk, five RT Hummingbirds and 8 Monarch butterflies. The local adult Common Loon pair appeared again in the morning to serenade us as they flew over the orchard.
Predictions: Less clouds, continued light to moderate NNW breeze and a day closer to peak migration. It should be a good to very good for broad-wings (larger kettles) and other species. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org