Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Anna Stunkel
Observers: Katie Garst
Weather: Winds were calm to light with a southerly component throughout the day. Skies were mostly cloudy in the morning and mostly sunny in the afternoon. Temperatures were in the high fifties to seventies.
Raptor Observations: We observed some very interesting behavioral interactions today. Early this morning, we heard frantic crow mobbing calls over by the east parking lot. Katie went over to investigate, and we both watched a gang of American Crows chasing a Great Horned Owl towards the campground. A few minutes later, a Great Horned Owl (probably the same one) appeared with a Gray Squirrel in tow. (Sorry, Harry; the scampermetric pressure must have been a little off today.) A Cooper's Hawk began to chase and divebomb the owl as it flew off into the woods behind the platform. Photos of this interaction will be up on the CVWO blog: