Observation start time: 07:15:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 9.75 hours
Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel
Observers: Dave Hunter
Visitors: Celeste McKnight (Durahm, NC), Mary Mapel, Jennifer Jowdy, Ken Molidor (Luray), Peter Clark, Ellen Wertheimer (Silver Spring, MD), Fred Haar, Kelley Lipphard.
Weather: Pleasant but hot (18.7-28.8C). Moderate NW Breezes this morning then moderate ESE Breezes this afternoon. Mostly cloudy with high clouds throughout the day (perfect!). Haze in the distance.
Raptor Observations: A good raptor flight with pretty steady action for most of the day. A nice BW liftoff this morning with many small-mid size kettles out to the west. Hourly BW Count: 0 (7:15-9), 187 (9-10), 47 (10-11), 4 (11-12), 31 (12-1), 23 (1-2), 8 (2-3), 0 (3-5). Adult BE 11:52, 3:00. Three NH: 11:58 adult male, 2:30 unaged, 3:21 IMM. Three Merlin: 2:28 unaged, 4:03 adult male, 4:21 unaged. One unaged Peregrine distant to the west at 9:51. A second Peregrine appeared late in the day (4:45pm) heading south over the ridge to our north but I believe it spotted dinner because it stooped straight down, never to be seen again to migrate and get counted. First Raptor: 8:40 SS, Last Raptor: 4:25 OS.
Non-raptor Observations: 76 Chimney Swifts, 5 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 11 Flickers, 65 Blue Jays, 58 Tree Swallows, 15 Robins, 72 Waxwings, warblers (many unidentified plus 4 Cape May, 1 N. Parula, 1 BT Green, 1 Wilson's), 3 Indigo Buntings, 185 RW Blackbirds, 30 Grackles, and 114 Monarch Butterflies.
Predictions: Sunny, warm, light NE Winds ======================================================================== Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org