Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 13:45:00 Total observation time: 5.75 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Visitors: Since there was a nice fallout of birds last night, I was on my own today. Birders were tramping the trails of Presque Isle to get close looks at the numerous Passerines dripping from the trees rather than counting dots in the sky at the hawk watch.
Weather: Variably to partly cloudy with light SW wind early then occasional bursts of north cool winds off the lake. Temps. reached the upper 70s
Raptor Observations: A nice late passage of vultures with few raptors though there was a good flight of Bald Eagles. Most birds were very high and at the limit of an 8X binocular. First immature BWs today. Two late Rough-legged hawks were unexpected. Highlight was what appeared to be a Mississippi Kite circling very high overhead at 1122 DST. Later, after examining photos I took of the bird it was not entirely consistent with Mississippi Kite. That is, the tail seemed a bit short. However, the wings were long, bent at the wrist, slender and bluntly pointed as it would be in Mississippi Kite. So, I guess the identity of this one will remain a mystery bird.
Non-raptor Observations: There was a decent movement of Passerines. Observed today were Double-crested Cormorant--2, Blue Jay--214, Chimney Swift--3, Eastern Kingbird--4, Barn Swallow--2, Bank Swallow--2, Cape May Warbler--1, Yellow Warbler--1, Northern Parula--1, American Redstart--1, Rose-breasted Grosbeak--1, Indigo Bunting--1, Bobolink--37, Baltimore Oriole--17, Purple Finch--1, American Goldfinch--26, small Passerine--12
Predictions: SW wind early with clouds then rain likely with a wind shift to the west and much cooler than today. Maybe some birds before the front passes.
Jerry McWilliams Erie, Erie County, Pa. <jerrymcw...>