Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Anna Stunkel
Observers: Harry Armistead
Weather: Winds were calm to light, starting out generally from the southwest and becoming more southeasterly later in the afternoon. Skies were partly cloudy to mostly clear, and there was a brief but intense rain shower in the afternoon. Overall, it was swelteringly hot and humid, with temperatures mostly in the mid to high eighties (but a "real feel" about ten degrees higher).
Raptor Observations: Very slow. Things picked up a tiny bit when the wind shifted to southeast in the afternoon. It was nice to see the first Merlin of the season just after the rain shower ended.
Non-raptor Observations: A few Barn Swallows and Purple Martins were on the move, but there were not many Bobolinks or Eastern Kingbirds today. A Black-and-Yellow Garden Spider was hanging out high in a pine, silhouetted in her web against the blue sky. Other sightings included:
25 American Black Ducks (plus a few possible Mallard x black duck hybrids) 17 Killdeer 4 Red-headed Woodpeckers 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Veery 1 Yellow-throated Warbler (seen by Roberta Kellam) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>) Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at: www.cvwo.org