Observation start time: 06:00:00 Observation end time: 18:00:00 Total observation time: 12 hours
Official Counter: Anna Stunkel
Observers: Julia Magill, Steve Thornhill
Visitors: IMPORTANT NOTE: A spotting scope and tripod were left on the platform today. We are holding them in a locked shed. Please come back to re-claim them. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail <appywalker...>
We enjoyed participating in the Kiptopeke Challenge today, and it was great to see teams visiting the platform!
Weather: Light winds were variable, starting out mostly from the southwest and becoming more easterly/northeasterly. Skies started off partly cloudy, became mostly clear, and then were overcast in the evening. Temperatures were in the seventies to mid eighties.
Raptor Observations: Despite a slow start, there was a great flight in the afternoon and into the evening. Quite a few Ospreys were moving, along with a few kettles of broad-wings. There was also a decent falcon flight. Birds were generally high-flying this afternoon.
Non-raptor Observations: There was an incredible flight of 105 Great Blue Herons today, including two flocks of 22 and 37 birds each! Herons were on the move during the last few hours of the count. Other sightings included:
7 Purple Martins 2 Common Nighthawks 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos 1 Common Yellowthroat 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
7 Monarchs ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>) Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at: www.cvwo.org