Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Visitors: Lots of visitors including: Betty Money, Andrew Clem, Tyler Terpin, the Blue Ridge Young Birders Club, Jan Shoup, Scott Mewborn (Richmond), Tommy Willingham, Katherine Schirmer, Phillip Hall, Hauchen Tu, Alexis Feidler, Mitchell Roberts (Kansas City), Jean Roberts (Baltimore), Marty and Ann Regn, Peter Clark, Matt and Trisha Rogers, Tom Ruran, Alison Smith, Kathrine Schwartz, Carlton and Libby Noll, Susie and Rob Fleenor (VA Beach), Ko-Jen Shih, Chia-Fang Shih, Will and Lee Croft (Stormville, NY). Sorry for misspellings.
Weather: Light E breezes with 15.5-23.2C temps. The morning had low, grey, foggy clouds that hung over our heads in which raptors would play hide-and-seek. Overall the day was mostly cloudy and became overcast between 10am-noon. Winds died down by 2pm. Visibility increased from 10km early to 20km by noon.
Raptor Observations: Two Bald Eagles: 10:13 2nd-YR and 11:13 Adult. A couple of decent Broad-wing kettles down under the low clouds gave terrific, close looks!
Non-raptor Observations: A hot air balloon to the east early. Lots of other migrating birds especially in the morning crossing the gap including 2 more Red-breasted Nuthatch and 5 Wood Duck, 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 68 Chimney Swift, 1 hummingbird, 1 DC Cormorant, 4 Red-headed Woodpecker, 22 Reb-bellied Woodpecker, 115 Northern Flicker, 243 Blue Jay, 5 Raven, 64 Tree Swallow, 2 Rusty Blackbird, 3 Redstart, 1 Cape May Warbler, 3 Magnolia Warbler, 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 3 Scarlet Tanager, 7 Rose-breasted Grosbeak. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org