Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Anna Stunkel
Observers: Joe Beatty, Ned Brinkley, Olivia Amash
Weather: Light to moderate winds were from the east, with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high sixties and seventies.
Raptor Observations: A beautiful Swallow-tailed Kite flew over the platform from the north, low over the pines at 12:25 pm EST. The bird continued to hunt back and forth for the rest of the afternoon, remaining in the area until at least the end of the count (and probably beyond)! The bird was enjoyed by many, including some visitors and Kiptopeke SP staff who are new to birding. The kite caught many insects over the course of this period, and was occasionally pestered by passing Merlins. What a memorable experience for all. It is possible that this bird could still be around tomorrow, and I encourage you to stop by the platform. Photos will be up on the blog: