Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Mike Bourgault, Paul Bourgault, Steve Manifold
Visitors: Three-hundred and seventeen. Many thanks to all for your great questions, generous donations, to buyers of raptor silhouette guides, and of course to our regulars and volunteers who assisted in the morning (but hopefully found shelter from the heat and sun in the afternoon).
Weather: Warm to start (70F), unseasonably hot in the afternoon (90F) with the "blue sky of death" to contend with for picking out birds. Hazy, with light or no winds. A bit like being under a broiler.
Raptor Observations: A score of migrant birds of prey. However these included two Bald Eagles and six Osprey, which is a respectable ratio!
Non-raptor Observations: A Blue-headed Vireo called from the edge of the woods mid-morning, and a DC Cormorant headed west, followed a while later by a YB Sapsucker. The predicted airshow celebrating the NASCAR races never materialized... (however at one point a supersonic jet was clearly heard by all in the orchard, but not seen by me, at least). Ten Monarchs, including one who came to the observation deck to greet three English visitors who I was having a wonderful conversation with.
Predictions: Hot again, but maybe Clarry Hill's 400+ Broadwings will grace Carter Hill. Please give our volunteer Monday counter a helping hand, er... eye, or at least some good conversation to pass the hours. They probably wouldn't say no to a cold lemonade, either :^) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org