Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Allen Larner, Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Josh Laubach
Visitors: Faye Ryan, John Troyer Jr. and son Johann, Peter Van Acker, Shannon and Chris Updike, Ezra and Theo Staengl, Ruth Douglas, Ed and Donna Lewis, Jimm Todd, Jack ?, Mack Robinson, Eleanor Robinson, Sewell Robinson, Lois McKim, Blue Ridge Community College Class (4), the Raffinan Family of 5, Jennifer Jowdy, 12 members of the Waynesboro Pathfinder Club, plus a few others.
Weather: Beautiful day, partly cloudy (10-25%). 16.7-20.6C temps. Moderate W winds all day. Clear visibility.
Raptor Observations: The morning was very busy with birds everywhere in the sky, but then fewer birds flying afterward (1,609 of 1,711 total birds came through before noon). Another late season Broad-wing push with lots of small/medium-sized groups and some kettles containing up to 100 birds. Most were flying quite high and often distant. Broad-wing hourly flight: 1 (7-8am), 117 (8-9am), 608 (9-10am), 571 (10-11am), 200 (11-12pm), 32 (12-1pm), 5 (1-2pm), 4 (2-3pm), 1 (3-4pm). A good eagle day with 10 Bald Eagles: 6 adult (8:49, 10:35, 11:49, 1:05, 1:10, 2:34), 2 2nd-YR (10:10), 2 1st-YR (1:11, 1:31). An unaged Mississippi Kite observed distant out to the west flying southward, pausing several times to catch some flying snacks.
Non-raptor Observations: 36 Monarchs. Many other migrating birds passing through the gap in the morning including a nice showing of 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches (some heard calling repeatedly). Other migrants that could be identified include 6 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 18 Chimney Swifts, 1 hummingbird, 1 DC Cormorant, 3 Red-headed Woodpecker, 34 Northern Flicker, 202 Blue Jay, 1 Cap May Warbler, 7 Magnolia Warbler, 4 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Black-throated Green warbler, 8 Scarlet Tanager, 5 Rose-breasted Grosbeak. A yearling Black Bear was seen on "rockpile 1", which then proceeded to cross the parkway heading down the slope. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org