Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Dave Hunter, Dave Shoch
Visitors: Barak Brashear, Buzz Van Santvoord (Orange County), and a few others who's names were not recorded.
Weather: Cooler today with 11.0-23.3C temperature range. The sky was cloudless all morning and then suddenly by 1pm and beyond it was 50-60% cloud cover. Moderate WNW winds early switching to mild E breezes after 2pm. Very clear visibility.
Raptor Observations: A nice, continuous trickle of birds all day. More Peregrine Falcons than Bald Eagles today! Four Peregrines: 10:30 imm, 1:55 imm, 2:13 ad, 2:30 ad. Two Bald Eagles, both adult, at 10:05 and 11:15. Many of the Osprey flew right overhead in great view! The Peregrines all gave great looks high up, sometimes making a couple circles before zooming southward.
Non-raptor Observations: 3 hot air balloons early. 70 Monarchs. Lot of birds moving in the morning including: 26 Swifts, 3 Hummingbirds, 4 Red-headed Woodpecker, 1 Sapsucker, 86 Flicker, 404 Blue Jay, 20 Tree Swallow, 5 Raven, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 2 Tennessee Warbler, 48 Waxwing. Many many unidendified warblers flying through the gap all day. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org