Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 17:45:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Ron Harrington
Observers: John Clonce, Matt Fleenor, Ronnie Vickers, Sam Evans
Visitors: Judy Vickers accompanied her husband, Ronnie. Both were good at spotting hawks.
Weather: It was another warm day with mostly sunny skies in the morning. Low valley fog early but good visibility all day. Increasing clouds by 11:00 with variable cloud cover to 50% the rest of the day until late when it cleared up. Wind was calm in the morning to very light out of the west during the afternoon.
Raptor Observations: Another great day for hawk watching with just enough cloud cover to aid in spotting the high flying hawks. The usual array of local Turkey and Black Vultures was seen. The Broad-winged hawks first started coming by at 8:42, and we had a steady stream most of the day with some nice kettles of 200 or more. The biggest hour was 4:00-5:00 with 672. The second biggest was the 10:00-11:00 hour with 460. Both American Bald Eagles appeared to be immature. Saw a Sharp-shinned hawk diving on one of them. Some hawks came by very high, while others, especially early and late were easy to spot.
Non-raptor Observations: About 50 Chimney Swifts were swirling around the tower. We saw 4 Ravens flying in formation. Heard crows, Carolina Wrens, and watched an Eastern Pewee and a Phoebe catching insects. Counted 16 Monarch Butterflies.
Predictions: Weather will be about the same. Should continue to have good flying conditions! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)