Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 13:30:00 Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Observers: Russ States
Visitors: Russ States and Bernie O'Connor assisted with the count. Don Snyder, Jim Baxter, and Julie dell stopped by for a short visit.
Weather: Chrystal clear all day. The projected WSW winds were actually WNW wind to 20 mph. Cold air off the lake kept temps. just above 50 F.
Raptor Observations: A slow first couple of hours and then a kettle of BWs far to the south around 1000 hrs. EST prompted us to move to our inland site, which is about 3/4 mile south of our primary post at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center along the lake. For the next couple of hours there was a decent movement of BWs, though many were stratospheric. Eventually the flight drifted even farther south at the limit of 8X binoculars.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Loon-2, Double-crested Cormorant-34, Great Blue Heron-5, Northern Flicker-6, Barn Swallow-24.
Predictions: Looks promising if the bulk of the BWs haven't past and the winds are strong enough from the SW to prevent the lake breeze from kicking in. Should be a good passerine movement as well, since many species typically here by now have not made an appearance yet.
Jerry McWilliams Erie, Erie County, Pa. <jerrymcw...>