Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 12:00:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Weather: Mostly clear early becoming variably cloudy with a steady strong wind from the SE early becoming more southerly later. Quite warm with the temps. reaching the mid- to upper 80s F.
Raptor Observations: Nothing the first hour than a few birds started flying with peak movement of birds between 0900 and 1100 hrs. EST. There was a nice flight of Bald eagles mostly in the three to four year age group. All but one BW were immatures. Birds stayed fairly low and close to the lake shore, though most were not in a hurry to move through. The flight shut down when the clouds thickened with no raptors seen during the final 30 minutes of the watch.
Non-raptor Observations: Highlight was a high flying Sandhill Crane that was Highlight was a Sandhill Crane circling high heading NE then circling back and disappearing. Other birds on the move included: Eastern Bluebird--1 Blue Jay--6 Indigo Bunting--2 Cedar Waxwing--27 Ruby-throated Himmingbird-1 Unidentified Passerines--35 Perhaps American Pipits, since we get a late flight of them around this time of year.
Predictions: SSW winds holds promise for maybe more birds if the thunderstorms hold off until the afternoon.
Jerry McWilliams Erie, Erie County, Pa. <jerrymcw...>