Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel
Observers: Raymond VanBuskirk
Visitors: Craig Kochel (a counter at the Jacks Mtn Hawk Watch in PA), Phil Silas, David Ledwith, Bob Butterworth, Ann Cline, Joe & Sue Alcock, John & Lila Porterfield.
Weather: A beautiful day with 17.5-21.2C temps. No clouds early but a great sky (45-75% cloud cover) after 11am. Mild breezes gradually shifting from SW to SSE. Hazy in the morning.
Raptor Observations: Another 13 species day! Good accipiter movement throughout the day including an immature Northern Goshawk at 1:08pm, which gave some decent views as it flew south down the east side of the gap. A nice afternoon Broad-wing flight with several kettles of 30-40 birds. Five Bald Eagles (10:14 adult, 10:26 adult, 11:12 3rd-YR, 12:14 1st-YR, 3:21 3rd-YR). A distant immature Golden Eagle out to the west at 11:22. Three adult Peregrine Falcons (9:23, 9:46, 12:27) and back-to-back Merlins at 10:15 and 10:18. Two Harriers (11:36 immature and 3:07 adult male).
Non-raptor Observations: A great non-raptor flight this morning. Highlights included: 70 Chimney Swifts, 1 hummingbird, woodpeckers (1 YB Sapsucker, 1 Pileated, 5 Red-headed, 1 Hairy, 32 Red-bellied, 40 Flicker), 113 Blue Jays, 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches, warblers (1 Black-and-white, 4 Tennessee, 1 Redstart, 2 Cape May, 1 Parula, 2 Magnolia, 1 Blackburnian, 5 BT Blue, 1 BT Green), 4 Scarlet Tanagers, 1 RB Grosbeak, 6 Indigo Buntings, and 195 Monarch Butterflies. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org