Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Deb Bodenschatz
Observers: Bob Gorsuch, Mike Leahy
Visitors: Mike Leahy, Bob Gorsuch, Donald Becker, Gina Apocal (Philippines)
Weather: Very warm with partly cloudy skies and light E/ESE wind (3-14 mph). The valley was extremely hazy in the morning and remained fairly hazy all day.
Raptor Observations: We had 13 Turkey Vultures, one of which had a white tag on it''s right wing. We could not see a number. We had 2 adult Bald Eagles (10:52 and 3:59). The morning bird came directly overhead and very low. The afternoon bird was out over the valley. All the raptors we had between 10 and 11 came directly across the front and quite low, including the adult Peregrine Falcon and the immature Goshawk. The Goshawk, Cooper's and a Red- tail circled above us at the same time and quite low. It was awesome. In that hour we also had a young N. Harrier, but it eventually headed NW so was not included in the Count. The wind died down in the afternoon but the few birds we had were great. We had a Kestrel fly at eye level just off the eastern edge of escarpment. We had a young Redtail circling above us and the owl pole screaming like mad and we had a beautiful young female Merlin that entertained us for more than 20 minutes, attacking the owl, screeching, chasing a raven, being chased by a number of Chimney Swifts and then in turn chasing them and landing in trees nearby a number of times.
Non-raptor Observations: Ruffed Grouse 2, A. Crow, Blue Jay 7, Chipping Sparrow 2, E. Towhee 17, Turkey 13, Hummingbird 1, Flicker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Turkey Vulture 13, E. Bluebird 1, Chimney Swift 15, C. Raven 4, Chickadee 1
Butterflies: Monarch 29 Meadow Fritillary, Sulphuric, Cabbage White, American Lady, Black Swallowtail, Red-spotted Purple, Coral Hairsteak
Predictions: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies with very light (3-6 mph) ESE wind and a high of around 26 C. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Deb Bodenschatz (<debbiebodenschatz...>)