Observation start time: 09:30:00 Observation end time: 15:45:00 Total observation time: 6.25 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: Bill James, Dan DeHart, Dave Brunstetter, Don A.
Visitors: Not a lot of folks stopping and very few inquiries. They may have thought anyone crazy enough to sit out in the cold and stiff wind may be a bit unbalanced.
Weather: Clear and sunny with very little cloud cover throughout the day. Temperature started at 37F and only got as high as 42 but winds ranging from 7 to 15 mph from the northwest made if feel much colder. Visibility was a 4 for the first couple of hours before clearing to a 5 the rest of the day.
Raptor Observations: With rainy weather basically every day since last Friday's count and today's conditions favorable for birds we had a very good day with 73 total counted. There were three eagles counted with an adult at 9:55, immature at 11:18 and another adult at 2:00. We spotted a pair of adult eagles at 11:25 out over the western valley and thought they would head north after steadily gaining altitude but they turned northward instead. We watched the eastern side of the overlook but did not see the pair again.
Non-raptor Observations: There was a large group of unidentified non-raptors that crossed from the western valley to the east around midday, possibly starlings. Usual TV/BV/Raven activity. Parkway traffic was still fairly heavy with leaf peepers and the color on the trip up the mountain was pretty nice. Most of the leaves on the trees around the knob have already turned and dropped off.
Predictions: Although tomorrow's high is predicted to be in the same range as today the overnight low is supposed to be much lower than last night. Winds should be lighter and from an easterly direction. ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home