Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: Dan DeHart, Darryl Martin, David Kirk, Mike Crowder
Visitors: A nice couple from upstate New York stopped and chatted for a good while. When they told us they were camping near Elon Dan recommended they go to Woodruff's Cafe & Pie Shop. Randy brought his good friend Jewel by for a visit and we enjoyed their company for a couple of hours.
Weather: Mostly sunny day with very unseasonable temps reaching the mid 70s. Steady winds from the west ranging from 3 to 10 mph. Visibility started at 4 with some haze over the far ridges of the western valley but cleared within the first couple of hours to a solid 5 for the rest of the day. Cloud cover was only about 15% at the start of watch but increased steadily through the day to about 90%.
Raptor Observations: First bird was a Cooper's hawk in the 11:00 hour and seven of our total count were seen in the noon hour. Although it took a while the usual TV/BV groups made their appearance.
Non-raptor Observations: A group of Ravens numbering as high as 15 entertained us for a while and four cormorants came directly overhead slowly spiraling and gaining altitude as they moved across from the western to eastern valley. Few lady bugs, no stink bugs but we did have some yellow jackets and honey bees hanging around most of the day and particularly when Dan pulled out a bag of very ripe persimmons.
Predictions: Looks like a rainy day in store for Saturday so, all of Saturday's regulars should go up and keep Randy company on Sunday. He's beginning to contract a severe case of Maytag repairman syndrome! ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home