Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Ron Harrington
Observers: Sam Evans
Visitors: Lynn and Paulette Byrd of Kingsport, TN; and Judy Moore of Hilton Head, SC.
Weather: Another warm day with partly cloudy skies. In the morning there was a thin, high layer of clouds but the sun burned through by 10:00.Then it remained partly cloudy the rest of the day with nice light, wispy clouds as a backdrop. Temperature ranged from a low of 65F to a high in the low 80s. Winds were out of the East early at about 10-15 mph then light and variable. Visibility was 15-20 miles with light haze.
Raptor Observations: The first Broad-winged hawks came by at 8:43 (EST). They were mostly in small groups. The largest group was 10 birds. In the morning they were fairly easy to see but they got up very high in the afternoon. Fifty two of the sixty two we counted passed the tower between 10:00 and 12:00. Very slow in the afternoon. The Bald Eagle was an adult. We left at 3:30.
Non-raptor Observations: Usual parade of vultures. Saw Juncos, Bluejays, a Black-throated Blue Warbler, Chimney Swifts, Ravens. Counted 3 Monarchs.
Predictions: Similar weather predicted. Broad-winged hawks are see being seen in fairly good numbers up the line (e.g. Harvey's Knob NE of Roanoke had 752 yesterday; and Rockfish Gap near Waynesboro had 300 today and 1011 yesterday). We may get a spike later this week if the predicted cold front moves through. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)