Observation start time: 09:30:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: Darryl Martin, David Kirk, King Irvin, Mike Crowder
Visitors: Had plenty of help today from Bill James, Bob Epperson, Phillip Ferguson, Barry Kinzie and Alan Austin who showed up in his nearly invisible camouflaged van.
Weather: Another hot day, started at 23c and climbed to 29c. Little wind at the start of the watch through around 1:30 when it picked up on the eastern side to about 5 mph. Hazy in the western valley throughout the day and cloud cover varied from 30 to 75%.
Raptor Observations: First bird of the day was a broadwing in the 11 o'clock hour and little activity until the wind picked up on the east side in the 2 o'clock hour. All but one sharp shined and one osprey were observed on the east side or directly overhead. A total of four bald eagles today with three in quick succesion beginning about 2:50. The fourth came shortly after just past the 3:00 hour. Also in the 2:00 hour we had 6 of the 11 osprey seen during the day.
Non-raptor Observations: 5 monarchs were seen in the early portion of the watch. Plenty of parkway traffic with a heavy dose of motorcylcles. One AT hiker was dropped off at the overlook and headed south.
Predictions: May be slightly cooler and even more so through the first several days of next week. ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home