Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Randy Doss
Observers: Allen & Robin Austin, Darryl Martin, John Slaughter, Mitch Mitchell
Visitors: George from Roanoke, Wade Hepburn (an eastern VA transplant that lives nearby Peaks of Otter) along with several others whose names I failed to get all stopped in and spent some time watching with us. Thanks to Allen A. who came up to prepare a picnic lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans and corn on the cob for Robin and other family members was kind enough to include the hawk watchers as well. It was delicious as always.
Weather: Sunny and clear with with a chilly start at 4c and reaching a high of 18 in the latter part of the watch. Mostly cloudless skies throughout the watch and winds varied from east to northeast in the 1-3 mph range.
Raptor Observations: First bird was a sharp shinned that flashed through over the knob at 8:45. Although few birds for the day there were only two hourly periods with no birds at all. Included were an adult and an immature bald eagle together at 1:45. They were spotted over the western valley initially with a group of vultures but soon separated and headed south. Another adult bald eagle was also seen but turned back north and was not counted.
Non-raptor Observations: 8 monarchs and several varieties of small birds including swifts and blue jays were seen. Parkway traffic was heavy throughout the day and a number of AT hikers came through. Thanks to the cooler temps the stink bugs were fairly scarce today.
Predictions: Weather should be similar on Monday. ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home