Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Ron Harrington
Observers: Amanda Bishop, Freddie Osborne, Matt Fleenor, Sam Evans
Visitors: Marian Finucane was with again and assisted with the observations. Others were David Prichard from North Carolina, Tom Zollman, Kingsport, Jack and Nancy Kinkade of Kingsport.
Weather: Another warm day with mostly sunny skies but with enough clouds to provide a good backdrop throughout the day. Early morning found the winds calm, visibility 10 miles or so. Moderate haze throughout. Wind was relatively light and variable. From the S/SE at 5-10 mph in the am shifting to the E/NE by early afternoon.
Raptor Observations: Most hawks were counted between 9:00 and 12:00. After the thermals built up they were flying high, often at the limit of unaided vision. Very slow in the afternoon hours. A Cooper's hawk was observed harassing a Turkey Vulture. Lots of Turkey and Black vultures.
Non-raptor Observations: We counted 14 Monarch Butterflies. Other birds noted included E. Wood Peewee, Phoebe, Titmouse, Bluejay, Eastern Towhee, Magnolia warblers (4) and Ravens.
Predictions: Another clear and sunny day with warm conditions, highs in the mid 80s. Should provide good flying conditions. The Mendota Heritage Festival will be going on. Drop by if you can for music, games, hawk watching information and some home cooking. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)