Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Anna Stunkel
Weather: Winds were generally light and variable, becoming more moderate and easterly in the later afternoon. Skies were partly to mostly cloudy, with temperatures in the mid seventies to mid eighties. The afternoon cooled off, with thunderstorms nearby but no precipitation over the platform. There was a spectacular show of cumulonimbus clouds this afternoon.
Raptor Observations: There was a decent flight today in comparison to the past few days. Osprey movement was very concentrated, mainly occurring in the late morning hours. Kestrels were mainly flying in the later afternoon; as always, it was nice to watch their spunky acrobatics as they dove through the sky chasing each other and attacking dragonflies. As Harry would say, "pugnacious!" There was a nice little burst of kestrels that may have been brought on by nearby thunderstorms.
Non-raptor Observations: The non-raptor highlight of the day was a flock of 15 Black-bellied Plovers and one Whimbrel flying together, right over the platform. Other observations included: