Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 4.75 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Visitors: Ninety-seven. Rains kept the crowds down today but a few intrepid souls still visited even then. Of course visitors picked up after the rain subsided. Thanks for all your stories and questions about raptors, birds, and wildlife!
Weather: Cloudy with intermittent drizzle, and then rain until about 2:30. Light NE winds. The official count was paused from 11am until 2:15pm due to steady rain. Clammy with temps from the upper 40's to the low 50's.
Raptor Observations: A small push of Osprey and Kestrels, plus a few sparrow-eaters. The local roost of TV's attempted to rise but had trouble getting lift today - I counted 35 early on. During the break for rain an immature Cooper's Hawk was seen subtracting one small critter from the orchard's total.
Non-raptor Observations: Waterfowl were moving (77 Canada Geese, 254 DC Cormorants, plus a few Mallard or American Black Ducks moving locally. Half a dozen sparrow species were present again (Swamp, Savannah, Lincoln's, Song, White-throated, Chipping), five species of woodpecker called or flew over (Pileated, Flicker, Sapsucker, Downy, Hairy), one warbler was seen (an adult male Common Yellowthroat), a few butterbutts were heard, and appearances were made by the common frugivores, corvids (including a murder of 17 crows), catbird, phoebe, Indigo Buntings, cardinals, etc.
Predictions: Mostly sunny with 5-10 mph winds from the NW. Dare I say that it ought to be good? Anyway, a classic raptor watch day is predicted... c'mon down and help spot distant sharpies and kestrels! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org