Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Anna Stunkel
Observers: Rudy Cashwell, Steve Thornhill
Weather: Winds were light and variable, with a southerly component during most of the day. Skies were partly cloudy, with hot and humid conditions again. Temperatures were in the mid seventies to high eighties.
Raptor Observations: There was a nice Osprey flight today, with most of these birds flying during two peaks in the late morning and mid afternoon. A few kestrels and one Merlin passed.
Non-raptor Observations: Two exciting highlights occurred today: a Wood Stork and a Lark Sparrow were seen. The Wood Stork was seen several times throughout the day, and it seemed to be flying in large circles back and forth before ultimately traveling southwards. The stork was observed thermalling among vultures. The Lark Sparrow was hanging out among Chipping Sparrows near the hawkwatch parking lot this afternoon. Three Red-headed Woodpeckers passed today, and a Prairie Warbler was hopping around in the butterfly garden. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>) Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at: www.cvwo.org