Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 10.5 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel, Josh Laubach, Mark Johnson, Rose Thomas
Visitors: Lots of visitors including: Wade Hildreth, Chris Updike, William Leigh, Blyrne and Fianna Wilde (Los Osos, CA), Randy Cline, Jennifer Jowdy, Marshall Faintich, Elizabeth Hunter, Dave Fisher (Cary, NC), Daniel Mapel, Bill Nettlehorst (Fond Du Lac, WI), Robert Butler.
Weather: Warm day with 18-27.2C temps. Very light NE breezes. The morning started out with some fog in the lower elevations, but the big problem was with the big, very low, fog-like clouds that were just above the ridge that provided plenty of hiding places for birds. Many many raptors would enter these low clouds and then we'd never see them again. These low clouds finally cleared out after noon. Cloud cover was 100% through 11am, then gradually reduced to 70% by 4pm. The numerous high clouds in the afternoon provided great backdrops for birds.
Raptor Observations: Starting around 8:30am we watched several hundred BW arise from their overnight slumber in the valley to our northeast. A pretty constant supply of raptors throughout the day, mostly moving from NE to SW. Many kettles spotted distant and we witnessed thousands of BWs streaming fast directly overhead! Hourly BW count: 103 (8-9), 546 (9-10), 2078 (10-11), 363 (11-12), 2372 (12-1), 478 (1-2), 45 (2-3), 934 (3-4), 126 (4-5). Eight BE: 7 adults (11:45, 12:16, 12:50, 1:11, 1:15, 2:05, 3:35) and 1 immature (11:58 1st-YR).
Non-raptor Observations: 126 Monarchs. 2 DC Cormorant, 8 Nighthawk, 214 Chimney Swift, 3 Hummingbird, 13 Red-headed Woodpecker. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org