Observation start time: 06:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 11 hours
Official Counter: David Brown
Observers: Andrew Bogush, Carol Ralph, Dan Meyer, Dirk Robinson, Frank Rohrbacher, Gwen Moore, Jim Lewis, Joe Francis, Joe Swertinski, Kim Steininger, Martin Sokolich, Matt Sarver, Matt Sileo, Melody Schultz, Noreen Robertson, Pam Hesler, Peter Wilner
Visitors: 45: Norm Lincoln, Micaela Samodelov, Julie Kaeser, Pam Green, Jim Green, Kate Green, Phil H, Meranti family, Terry H, Geno M.
Thanks to all the volunteers and visitors who helped spot birds. Days like today take a lot of eyes and everyone did a great job helping. It was nice to meet former Ashland counter Matt Sileo (2008).
Weather: Partly sunny in the morning becoming overcast in the afternoon. Cooler with moderate to strong north winds.
Raptor Observations: As expected today was a great day for raptor migration. Kettles of broad-winged hawks began to pass over at high altitude starting late morning and continuing through the afternoon until late in the day when kettles passed over low as they settled down for the day. One last broad-wing was seen coming to roost at 5:30pm. The final total of broad-wings was 1311.
We also had a large flight of ospreys (32), bald eagles (13), sharp-shinned hawks (38), and kestrels (44).
Most raptors were very high and required constant scanning with binoculars to spot.
Four kestrels were seen flying together near the saddles just before 6pm but were not counted as migrants.
Non-raptor Observations: 175 Canada geese, 7 common nighthawks, 150 blue jays, northern waterthrush, Tennessee warbler, blue grosbeak, 2 double-crested cormorants, and a constant stream of monarch butterflies (easily 500+)
Predictions: Cloudy with occasional rain. Cool with a high of 64F. Winds NE@5 gusting 7mph. Probably won't be very good and the count might get cancelled or shortened due to rain. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>) Ashland Nature Center information may be found at: www.delnature.org