Observation start time: 10:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Al Guarente, Dave Eberly
Observers: Al Guarente, Dave Eberly, Judy Mayer, Mike Cosgrove
Visitors: Sam Mayer, Renee & Bill Martin, Karen Serwatka, Scott Tuttle
Weather: Steady moderate north winds bolstered by the offshore remnants of Hurricane Maria & clear blue skies after an overnight cold front. Perfect temperature 70 -75 F. A perfect day for hawk watching ! Except somebody forgot to invite the migrants.
Raptor Observations: A late start as there was no morning counter.
Only 7 migrating raptors found in the deep blue sky. No bald eagles local or migrating. The usual Coopers Hawk, red-tails & vultures. But even they were relatively sparse.
Non-raptor Observations: Looked like the first push of migrating Canada Geese. Several large high flying flocks noted & many small groups of 25 or more. I counted at least 500.
A good number of chimney swifts, 1 tree swallow, 1 rough-winged swallow
Monarch butterflies: 11
Predictions: Sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 8 mph. Maybe the day after the cold front will be better. Another cold front due over the weekend. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Eberly (<david.eberly...>) Rose Tree Park information may be found at: www.rtphawkwatch.org