Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Scott Turner
Observers: Mike Sanders, Ron Harrington
Visitors: A home-school group (3 teachers and 8 students) from Kingsport, TN
Weather: The day started overcast and hazy, with a visibility of 2 miles.Very gradually the sun broke through, bringing a little light to the landscape about 10:00 with small improvement to visibility.Clearing continued steadily until the end of observations, when the weather was mostly sunny and the visibility was 25 miles.During the morning there was a light breeze of 5-10 mph from the north northwest, which picked up around 1:00 to 7-15 mph and swung to the west northwest. Temperature rose from 64 to a high of 75 around 12:00 before falling slightly. Sea Level Pressure was 30.1 inches.
Raptor Observations: The Broad-winged hawks came by during the morning, with 3 of the 4 counted by 11:00. The Osprey went by to the east at 1:40. A local Red-tailed Hawk showed itself repeatedly, favoring the ridge a mile or two to the northeast.
Non-raptor Observations: Many local Turkey and Black Vultures were gliding in the area, once the sun penetrated some of the clouds. A Great Blue Heron was seen flying down by the river to the northwest. The most noteworthy songbirds were a Red-headed Woodpecker and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Also identified were an Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jays,a Black-throated Blue Warbler, an Eastern Towhee, Carolina Chickadees, Chimney Swifts, Common Ravens, American Crows,a Pileated Woodpecker, a Carolina Wren, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and a Northern Flicker.
Predictions: Continued influence of the cold front could encourage raptor migration tomorrow.
======================================================================== Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)