Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 16:15:00 Total observation time: 7.75 hours
Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel
Visitors: Jennifer Jowdy, Nelson Lewis, Ben Pumphrey, Marshall Faintich, Randy Cline, Herman Wells, Mary & Daniel Mapel.
Weather: A beautiful day! Quite warm (22.7-28.8C). Moderate NW wind early shifting to moderate ESE wind by 11am. Mostly sunny but enough clouds to help make spotting easier. Clear visibility.
Raptor Observations: A very fun and rewarding day with a total of 11 raptor species! The biggest highlight occurred at 11:42am when a medium-size, fast flying raptor was spotted somewhat distant out to the west heading south. I was quickly able to get the bird in my spotting scope to identify an adult Mississippi Kite! The bird briefly stopped to circle and as it circled it was joined by a second Mississippi Kite, a juvenile! Both birds then continued south flying together in the same scope view.
Other highlights today included the season's first Peregrine Falcon (a high flying adult at 1:34pm), two adult Bald Eagles (12:15 and 3:47), and two Northern Harriers (9:32 unaged bird and 1:20 adult female). Several birds including a Kestrel and two Osprey gave close, low flyovers directly overhead this morning! First Raptor: 9:10 AK, Last Raptor: 3:47 BE.
Non-raptor Observations: 2 Hummingbirds, 44 Chimney Swifts, 2 Scarlet Tanagers. 11 Monarch Butterflies. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org