Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Observers: Ken Felix
Visitors: Joe Susi, Carol Allen, and her friend Ray, stopped by to watch for a while. Ken Felix assisted with the count during the final hour.
Weather: Clear early gradually becoming cloudy to mostly cloudy. A good stiff wind from the SW all day with occasional shifts to the west. Still cold, but warmer than yesterday.
Raptor Observations: My predictions didn't hold. Even though there were more hawks today than in quite some time, there were fewer than expected. Most were flying quite high, so it is likely some were missed. No hawks for the first couple of hours. Even the vulture numbers were not impressive. I took a couple hour break when heavy clouds and drizzle arrived, then back out between 1400 to 1500 EST.
Non-raptor Observations: Wood Duck-2, Common Merganser-1, Common Loon-1, Double-crested Cormorant-15, Great Blue Heron-4, a few American Crows, Belted Kingfisher-2, Eastern Phoebe-1, many flocks of mixed blackbirds.
Predictions: Warmer with strong gusty SSW winds and rain likely in the morning. A flight might materialize if the rain ends.
Jerry McWilliams Erie, Erie County, Pa. <jerrymcw...>