Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: Dan DeHart, Darryl Martin, Don A., Mike Crowder
Visitors: A couple from Glenwood Springs, CO stopped in and chatted with us for a good while. The gentleman was a retired wildlife biologist and he an his wife had been on the road touring the northeast and headed to visit relatives in NC. Another young man from Florida stopped in and inquired about our activity and we supplied him with as much information as a misfit is capable of (which means he may have actually left knowing less than when he arrived).
Weather: Beautiful day on the mountain with the temperature at the beginning of watch at a surprising 48 F and climbing steadily through the day to a high of 69. Cloudless skies the entire day made spotting birds difficult. Winds were from the southeast throughout the day and light at 1-2 mph for the first few hours then increasing to 5-6 mph after that. Visibility was a solid 5 from start to finish.
Raptor Observations: First bird was a sharp shinned in the 10:00 hour and the majority of the birds spotted were accipiters. As usual the first signs of bird activity were TVs and ravens and at one point we spotted a group of 8 ravens over the knob.
Non-raptor Observations: Tons of traffic from would be leaf peepers on the Parkway with many stopping in the overlook and some inquiries as to our activities. The Friday watch has now been dubbed Mitchell's Misfits (not my idea and I'm not sure what prompted that). A few monarchs, blue jays and swifts seen throughout the day.
Predictions: Forecast calling for a chance of rain later in the afternoon. Hopefully after the watch is complete. ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home