Observation start time: 08:45:00 Observation end time: 17:30:00 Total observation time: 8.75 hours
Official Counter: Jim Thomson
Observers: Brian Butler, Phil Rodriguez, Scott Wood, Tom Bailey
Visitors: Al Ambler, Aaron Tidridge, Denise Thomson, Lindsay Chirico. Hikers - 18. Plus A.T. SOBO "Atlas"--good luck the rest of the way!!
Many, many thanks to ALL of the observers and visitors who really worked the skies today!! Was a real team effort with birds scattered high and low, near and far!
Bird of the Day was a very difficult choice...some wanted the two Goldens that "wowed" us! Some wanted the entire count of Cooper's Hawks that put on a show all day long!
But...the winner is the adult Peregrine that cruised down the ridge...and spotted , chased, and stooped on a lone blackbird that was frantically trying to dive down into some tree cover! All of us were glued to the chase scene unfolding in front of us! Somehow the blackbird pulled off the "Great Escape" as the Peregrine gained elevation after the stoop with empty talons (almost earning the blackbird the coveted Bird of the Day!!)
Wonderful day on the ridge with raptors in the air from start to finish!
(A big 'thank you' Jim Thomson for this detailed report--this is the kind of hawking we all look forward to experiencing...just wish I had been there! BH)
Weather: mostly cloudy, wind NW 8-17, temp 46-53 deg F.