Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:45:00 Total observation time: 8.75 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: Dave Brunstetter, David Kirk, Matt Hosmer, Mike Crowder
Visitors: David and Carolyn from Illinois spent the day with us, along with former regular Tad Finnel in for a visit from Texas. Cathy with the Roanoke Bird Club and regulars Allen Austin, The Newcombs (less Andrew but, they drove his new ride, probably trying to get it used to the journey up the mountain). Phillip, Bill J, Baron & Tina, Randy. Ranger Amy stopped by along with a number of curious parkway travelers. I'm sure I've missed some visitors so please excuse the exclusion.
Weather: Mostly sunny throughout the day with high cloud cover varying through the day between 50 & 90%. Temperature ranged from 22c at the start of watch to 37c. Winds were light, never more than 3-4 mph. The far ridges in the west valley were hazed in most of the day and several birds went uncounted as they disappeared into the haze. Visibility improved late in the watch but by that time there was little raptor activity.
Raptor Observations: First bird was an osprey spotted out over the western side at 9:48 but the majority of the birds came directly over the knob and very high. Most of the broadwings overhead were visible only with binoculars. Several acciptiers did come over low enough to be viewed without glasses.
Non-raptor Observations: The vulture and raven activity that we normally see was slightly less than typical. Ten to fifteen monarchs seen throughout the day.
Predictions: More of the same ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home