Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Gene Sattler
Observers: Bob Epperson, Mark Johnson, Matt Hosmer, Thrashers
Visitors: Lee Spradlin, Lee and Nena Morgan
Weather: Mostly sunny initially with clouds gradually moving in from the south to give mostly cloudy then partly cloudy by late afternoon, NE 3-8 mph switching to ESE/SE the last few hours.70 to 77 degrees F.
Raptor Observations: An enjoyable flight with low morning birds staying close to the ridge, and as the altitude of flight increased the birds were still seen relatively close, with the flight path a mixture of both sides of the ridge. A steady flight that surprised with a late end of the day flight between 5:15-5:30 EDT as a steady stream of birds poured down the east side of the ridge relatively close, though still with considerable altitude. Hourly BW count: 17, 156, 734, 390, 206, 923, 254, 898.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Nighthawk - 4 the last few minutes of the count. RH Woodpecker - 2 RB Nuthatch - 1 Blue Jay - 272
Predictions: The strong end of the day flight again bodes well for tomorrow. Perhaps mostly cloudy turning partly cloudy, high mid 70s. NE turning to SE light breeze. Nice conditions again for counting whatever comes by. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Gene Sattler (<edsattle...>)