Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Visitors: Lots of visitors including: Bill Lipcsey, Darlene and Kirk Jordan, Carolyn Stober and David Simmons (from Chicago, thanks for your eyes today and for spotting that Bald Eagle Carolyn!), Sara Hurley (CA), Greg Moyer, Rebecca and Anthony Armstrong, Michael Kelly, Shannon Brennon, Tyler Terpin, Melissa Gross, Kelly Siderio and Isac Blum (Philadelphia, PA), Sheryl Black (Florida), Len Smock (Richmond), Betty Mooney, Jennifer Jowdy, Tim and Bonnie Dayton (Roanoke), Blake/Jordon/Shea/Randy Jennings (Charlotte, NC), Jonathan and Anita Lee (Grottoes), Joyce Cambron and Chris Baroody (Lexington, VA), Amy Wilson, Martha Keith, Barak Brashear, Staufer MIller, Jenny Gaden, Bill Nettlehorst, Susan Hastings.
Weather: Warm day with 17-23.2C temperature range. Moderate, consistent NW winds early made for an active morning but then the winds died down to a calm, mild breeze after 1pm. Clear blue skies all day. Thanks to everyone who helped find birds in the blue!
Raptor Observations: A nice flight of BWs in the morning with 58, 65, and 35 birds in the hours between 9am-noon. Eight Bald Eagles: 1st-YR at 7:20am and adults at 9:10, 10:53 (2), 11:10, and 1:56 (3). First bird: 7:20 BE. Last bird: 4:57 Osprey (thanks for spotting that Bill!).
Non-raptor Observations: 5 hot air balloons early in the morning out to the east. A yearling Black Bear spotted across the gap near the teepees. 74 Monarchs. 2 Hummingbirds, 2 Red-headed Woodpecker. 27 Northern Flicker. 4 Raven. 10 Waxwing. 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 671 Common Grackle. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org