Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Caitlin Hofmann, Gene Sattler
Observers: Caitlin Hofmann, Logan Moran
Weather: Overcast with a light NE breeze that weakened after the first hour, then shifted to ESE in 1 PM EST hour and SE the last two hours as the clouds also thickened. High of 71 degrees F.
Raptor Observations: A light steady flight the first four and a half hours with single digit BW numbers and occasional groups of 15-40. With the light tail wind and lack of sun, birds were spending a good amount of time kettling. Birds were divided on both sides of the ridge, often quite distant with kettles sometimes disappearing in the haze. A larger burst of birds came through from 2:30-3:30 PM EST, predominantly to the north, but with the largest string of about 550 birds passing close by on the south crest of the ridge in three groups. and rekettling just behind us. For the next half hour numbers tapered off, and no birds were recorded the last hour of observation as the clouds thickened. Altitude of birds was relatively high all day. Hourly count of Broadwings: 67, 40, 86, 55, 890, 366, 0.
Non-raptor Observations: DC Cormorant - 2 RB Nuthatch - 1 Blue Jay - 120
Predictions: Another good push of birds, especially in the latter part of the day before flight conditions deteriorated, suggests tomorrow has the potential to offer a significant number of birds yet, so we will be out again extending our coverage a little longer. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Gene Sattler (<edsattle...>)