Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Ken Felix, Roger Donn, Sam Stull
Visitors: Lots of help for most of the day as well as a few visitors. Ken Felix assisted most of the day with help from Roger Donn, Julie Leonard, and Sam Stull. Others helping to spot birds were an Amish group of 12 birders, Bernie O'Connor, and Joao Taveres. Bonnie Ginader stopped by and thanks to my wife Linda who brought me lunch.
Weather: Clear and cold early becoming cloud with light rain, but a nice strong SW wind throughout the day made for a good flight.
Raptor Observations: A slow start, but as the day progressed birds increased. There was a strong push of TVs as expected breaking are all time daily record by 517 birds. However, the hawk flight was still lower than expected. The vulture flight was non-stop in the afternoon with no breaks in the flight. Birds stayed close to the lake and were flying at all heights. Bald Eagles, Red-shouldered Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks had a decent flight, but still few sharpies and only one harrier.
Non-raptor Observations: There was a steady flight of blackbirds, mostly red-wings well into the afternoon. There were two flocks of Rusty Blackbirds totaling about 70 birds. American Crows had a fairly steady flight as well. Other birds recorded included: Canada Goose-14, Double-crested Cormorant-30, Killdeer-4, Eastern Phoebe-1, Tree Swallow-4, Eastern Meadowlark-1
Predictions: Partly cloudy and cold with WNW. Not likely to be much, especially after today's movement.
Jerry McWilliams Erie, Erie County, Pa. <jerrymcw...>