Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 17:30:00 Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: Bob Epperson, Dan DeHart, David Kirk, King Irvin
Visitors: Thanks to Tim and Sue for coming up mid afternoon and providing some great spots of large kettles far out in the west valley and to Bob for using his scope to get counts on those same birds. Our count definitely increased greatly due to them. Also thanks to Don Aldridge, Phillip Ferguson and to Ron and Thelma Kirkpatrick who came over from Blacksburg and spent a good portion of the day with us. The Links from Chesterfield County also spent a couple of hours with us as well as two ladies whose names I failed to get (sorry). And hopefully we'll have a new, regular hawk watcher in Matt Conner from Roanoke who stopped by and watched/chatted with us.
Weather: Beautiful day on the mountain. Started a bit chilly at 20c but warmed to a comfortable 28 with low humidity. Winds were a steady 2 beaufort but varied in direction until the last couple of hours when it dropped to 1 and then 0. Visibility was about as good as it gets, a solid 5 all day.
Raptor Observations: All times, eastern standard time: First bird was a sharp shined at 9:30. Adult bald eagles at 9:51, 9:52, 12:04 (X2), 12:08, 1:41, 2:35, 3:05 (X4) and 3:20. Immature bald eagles at 3:13, 3:30, 4:00 and 4:05. Juvenile bald eagles at 3:50, 3:52, 4:05.
Non-raptor Observations: Lots of blue jays, swifts and quite a few monarchs observed. Parkway traffic was fairly heavy and several groups of 2-4 AT hikers came through.
Predictions: Looks like more of the same weather wise, hopefully more of the same count wise. ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home