Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 10.5 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Observers: Al Grout, Richard, Rick Gaeta, Rob Keith
Visitors: Jim Funk, great spotting and camera work. Al Grout, Rob Keith, Dave Liebert, and Rick Gaeta for their invaluable spotting of those sneaky sharp shins, Broadwings, and those shaded dark eagles. Richard, the 'go to' person for all of the tough calls. Michele had some of the best spots for the distant small kettles. Thanks as well to Pearl and Todd Watkins, and best of luck to our through hikers especially carrot top on his trek from Maine to Georgia. Best wishes to Ed, who was there with us in spirit, for a speedy recovery!
Weather: Temperatures ranged from 63F to 68F with the higher temperatures in the morning. Winds were from the North all day, with gusts up to 16 mph in the morning, and the afternoon winds ranged from 4-8 mph. Cloud cover was 80-90% all day.
Non-raptor Observations: 86 Monarchs; 196 Blue Jays; 132 Canada geese; 1 Loon, 1 red breasted nuthatch, two non-migratory Peregrine falcons, an immature and adult Bald Eagle flying east and an adult Bald Eagle flying north. There was a minor spate between a Red Shouldered and a Cooper's hawk in the bowl, both decided to make peace and go on their way south.
Predictions: Cloudy skies with a high of 66F, Winds will be from the East, light and variable at 4 mph. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>) Bake Oven Knob information may be found at: www.lgnc.org