Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: David Lugo/Ron Harrington
Observers: Jonathan Lugo, Sam Evans
Weather: Cloudy skies until 2:00. A rain shower came through around 10:30, but didn't last long, and by 2:00 it was mostly cloudy to partly sunny. Wind out of the South/southeast varying from a gentle breeze (8-12 mph) to a moderate breeze(13-18 mph). Temperature upper 60s to low 70s F. Skies became mostly clear by the time we left (4:00 EST). Visibility was 10 miles or so but varied, especially on the NW side of the mountain.
Raptor Observations: It was a slow day. The Broad-winged hawks came by around 9:30 on the E/SE side of the mountain, riding the breeze, and seeming to struggle with the flying conditions. Some local Red-tailed hawks were about, but we did have a couple that appeared to be migrating. Turkey vultures finally got up in the 2:00 hour. The Northern Harrier came by at eye level and was easily riding the moderate breeze. A local Cooper's hawk was hanging around, and one was harassing one of the Broad-wings.
Non-raptor Observations: Dark-eyed Juncos,Red-headed WP, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, and two American Red-starts.
Predictions: Rain, heavy at times. Very poor flying conditions. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)