Observation start time: 08:45:00 Observation end time: 16:15:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel
Observers: Dave Shoch
Visitors: Andy Fayer (coordinator of the Militia Hill Hawk Watch near Philadelphia, PA), Jennifer Jowdy, Nelson Lewis
Weather: A very nice day! Fairly strong WNW Winds, extremely warm (17.3-22.7C), mostly sunny early then mostly cloudy (85% cloud cover) after 11am. Clear visibility with some distant haze. Some rain showers visible over the valley to the west but no precipitation at the watch.
Raptor Observations: Slow but steady throughout the day. Many, many Red-tails (way more than usual!) visible all day long but very few in migrating mode. A Kestrel scooted down the east side of the gap this morning and a Merlin gave nice, long looks as it slowly made its way southward with lots of circling at 1:15pm. Immature Harrier at 11:15 and adult Bald Eagle at 3:54. First Raptor: 9:26 SS, Last Raptor: 4:07 RT (x2)
Non-raptor Observations: 1 Ring-billed Gull, 96 Crows, 435 Waxwings, 175 RW Blackbirds, 1 Cowbird, 14 Goldfinches, and 7 Monarch Butterflies. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org