Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 13:15:00 Total observation time: 6.25 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Observers: Jerry McWilliams, Russ States
Visitors: Russ States assisted with the count. Don Nixon, Bonnie Ginader, and Ruth Swaney. A special thanks goes out to Russ States for making the long drive from Oil City to help with the count. I would also like to thank all others who assisted with the count and to the many visitors who stopped by. Thank you HMANA for making handouts for our watch. They were widely distributed to the birding community and the general public as well as to participants of the Festival of the Birds event. Hopefully word will spread and next year will be a record year for hawk watch attendants and observers.
Weather: Variably cloudy with SSW wind and very warm.
Raptor Observations: The final day of the watch for the season broke a new record high count of Bald Eagles with 40 birds counted. There was also a good late season flight of immature Broad-winged Hawks and Turkey Vultures. With the stiff south wind, birds remained close to the lake all day and remained relatively low.
Non-raptor Observations: Great Blue Heron--1 American Pipit--16 Blue Jay--5 Cedar Waxwing--115 Baltimore Oriole--1 Bobolink--6 American Goldfinch--2 unidentified Passerines--10
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