Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel
Visitors: Mary Mapel, Jennifer Jowdy
Weather: Very interesting and constantly changing weather today! A beautiful fog ocean on the east side of the gap this morning but the gap itself and the entire west side were clear. Drizzles between 9-10am. Hazy early becoming very clear this afternoon. Light SW Breezes early with moderate West Winds after 11am. Varying 20-95% cloud cover throughout the day with all different types of clouds. Warm (17.1-19.8C).
Raptor Observations: Slow but steady with flight dominated by SS. Almost all birds were flying fast and low down the east side of the gap. Several highlight birds all gave great views today: two Bald Eagles (12:24 adult and 1:39 3rd-YR), two Harriers (9:15 IMM and 10:12 adult female), and one Merlin (3:28). First Raptor: 9:15 NH, Last Raptor: 3:52 SS.
Non-raptor Observations: A big non-raptor flight today including: 1 Common Loon, 45 DC Cormorants (a single bird & flock of 44), 1 Flicker, 193 Fish Crows, 1 Horned Lark, 2 GC Kinglets, 4 Bluebirds, 2,330 Robins, 890 Waxwings, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 418 RW Blackbirds, 1 Rusty Blackbird, 29 Grackles, 1 Pine Siskin, 73 Goldfinches, and 8 Monarch Butterflies. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org