Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Visitors: One hundred and thirty, including visitors from Rio de Janeiro and some returning bird-lovers, young and old.
Weather: Cool to mild (low 50s to mid 60s) with light passing showers in the morning, eventually coalescing into persistent rain by 10:30am. Count was then paused until noon, when it gradually began to dry and a few small spots of blue became visible in the skies.
Raptor Observations: The first raptor of the day was seen at 1:55pm... a Sharpie. Four more countable raptors followed in the next few hours. At one point a kettle of 14 TVs circled up in northeast, drifting northwest but not making a southward move.
Non-raptor Observations: Similar species as the last few days, but Clay-colored was not seen (however my search time was limited). A Scarlet Tanager lingered in some tall pines, and a Hermit Thrush chucked from the woods. A group of Common Grackles, perhaps some of the same found by Katrina, were spotted from the observation deck in the morning.
Predictions: Tomorrow is the Carter Hill Raptor Observatory Big Sit! We'll be counting as many avian species as we can (in addition to our regular migrant raptor count), while trying to raise awareness about birds and migration, and raising money for the Observatory. And engaging in a little friendly competition with other Big Sit sites :^)
Light south winds are predicted, but there will be a few clouds to spot birds against, and afternoon temps are forecast to be pleasant (mid-70s). Maybe after a day of off weather birds will be ready for a moderate push. Please stop by and say hi, we'd be honored especially if you can pledge your support! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org