Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 13:30:00 Total observation time: 5.75 hours
Official Counter: Brenda Tekin
Visitors: A few folks arrived in time to see quite a few of the kettles and streaming Broad-wings. John and Lila Porterfield, Priscilla Melchior of Highland Co., Allan Bryan, and Buzz VanSantvoord
Weather: Started out warm, with barely the hint of a breeze, with thin layer of white wisps and lots of sunshine. Mist and distant haze for first few hours. The heavy mist may explain the delay in morning's liftoff.
Clouds increased with warming temps (22.3c>28.3. S to SSW breeze less than 2km/h increasing to 5-6km/h. Dark gray threatening skies moved in by 12:30EST; light rain falling by 1:24.
Raptor Observations: Slow start during first hour but things began to pick up going on the 9 o'clock hour (EST). Small kettles to the NE over Bear Den Mountain and to west low over Waynesboro. Most kettles were 18-25 and several larger ones 60-70 birds. First vultures would not appear until 9:20 EST after Broad-wings were stirring and moving. Several decent groups streaming high above, small specs easily seen against the clouds.
It was also a decent day for the accipiters.
Only one eagle, an adult that finally flew Southward at 9:58. unaged low sailing Peregrine Falcon at 12:04 fairly close but poor lighting. Great silhouette looks though!
First bird: SS flying low over parking lot at 7:58. Last bird: SS top of the last hour and only bird observed in little over an hour.
Non-raptor Observations: Lots of Monarch Butterflies, many uncounted. Managed to note at least 103. Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 1 Blue Jay - 27 Northern Flicker - 5 Chimney Swift - 18 Barn Swallow - 3 Tree Swallow - 2
Predictions: more of the same ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org