Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 3 hours
Official Counter: Baron Gibson, Randy Doss
Observers: Allen & Robin Austin, Baron & Tina Gibson, Barry Kinzie, Bill & Katie James, Dale, Dave Brunstetter, Dillard Childress, John Pancake, Matt Hosmer, Tad Finnell, phillip ferguson
Visitors: Today was the annual breakfast put on by Barry Kinzie with sausage gravy & biscuits along with some other treats. Roanoke bird club was on hand for a morning of "dicki bird" watching with 12-15 species observed. Many of the regulars & parkway goers.
Weather: Westerly winds until the last couple of hours of watch when they switched easterly with warm temps & a light cloud cover all watch. Visibility was a 4 with less haze then the last couple of days.
Raptor Observations: Broad wings started late in the 9 - 10 hour on the east side far out & continued until the 12 - 1 hour with several nice groups coming closer & over the watch. Then a long lull cam with nothing coming through for 1 1/2 hrs when dan spotted a group coming over the watch just to the west side with 98 hawks counted as they streamed out. BW's by hours, 9-10 (100), 10-11 (160), 11-12 (143), 12-1 (258), 1-2 (0), 2-3 (98).
AEBE @ 12:04 (our 100th this season) Imm BE (non aged) @ 12:25
Another highlight were the two imm NH that came through in the 11-12 hour giving us great looks while leisurely making there way through the watch heading SW
Non-raptor Observations: Randy held the watch until the last 2 hours of watch & I took over until the end.
If the winds had been easterly early I feel we would have had many more hawks as the westerly winds seem to push the broadies east of the watch & out of viewing range.
Monarchs moving in good numbers. While no official count was conducted, i would say well 50 was seen.
Predictions: Similar to today with hopefully easterly winds. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Baron Gibson (<Hawkwatche215...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home