Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Cliff Otto, Ken Bednars, Steve Bennett, Susan Wrisley, Tom McShane
Visitors: One hundred and seventy-six including visitors from North Carolina, Iowa, Kansas, Florida, and New Jersey.
Weather: Sunny, moderately breezy (a bit windier than expected in the morning) but with morning clouds for spotting birds, gradually diminishing during the day. Temps from the low 50's to the mid 60's.
Raptor Observations: The first decent migrant kettle of Turkey Vultures was counted today. Accipiter numbers were still a bit low (though better than yesterday) given more-or-less "ideal" conditions. An adult Peregrine seen late morning was a nice addition. Several non-migrant Bald Eagles, including a four year old, and adult, and an unknown age bird were seen moving north.
Non-raptor Observations: An influx of migrant songbirds included several Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Cape May and Magnolia Warblers. A flock of eight shorebirds caught me offguard and away from my scope while I was updating daily totals on the whiteboard. Just over a grand for Canada Geese (1044), a "kettle" of ten Ring-billed Gulls and 15 Monarchs.
Predictions: Hmmm... morning showers, but cloudy in the afternoon with NE winds. Maybe a push of Osprey... and possibly more? ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org