Observation start time: 09:15:00 Observation end time: 13:15:00 Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: David Lugo
Observers: Jonathan Lugo
Weather: Temperature was 72F at 9:20 and rose to the mid 80s at the end of the watch. Pretty hazy when we got there with visibility of about 9 miles. It cleared up as the sun got higher. We had clear skies for the first hour and a half but some clouds moved in just before 11:00. N/NW wind was at about 5-10 mph. Pressure was 29.97 and rising.
Raptor Observations: Pretty slow day with all of the Broad-wings coming by from 9:35 to 10:40. Most were in pairs or singles, with the largest group being four. They were mostly flying low over the northwest side of the ridge. Only two flew over the eastern side. One flew over very high at 10:40. We saw the Northern Goshawk at 11:45. Only a local Red-tailed hawk was spotted after that.
Non-raptor Observations: Several workers were on the tower while we were there. Three Red-spotted purples and one Eastern tiger swallowtail were seen. We also counted 6 Monarchs. Saw the usual array of Ravens, Chimney Swifts, and Turkey Vultures. Saw only one Black Vulture. We saw 2 Tennessee Warblers, 2 Black-throated Blue Warblers; and one each Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a Blue-headed Vireo singing in the valley.
Predictions: There is a cold front moving in tomorrow which should bring better migration conditions over the next several days. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)