Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 13:30:00 Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: Dan DeHart, David Kirk, Don A., Kristine Newcomb
Visitors: Lee Jarrett and Dave Berjoui spent most of the day with us and we had several sightseers inquire about our activity including a couple for Massachusetts that chatted for a while. Had an AT hiker from KY that was section hiking from the James River to Pearisburg stop early and chat with me. He reported seeing streams of monarchs going by when he was in the Apple Orchard Mt. section of the trail.
Weather: All times are "bird" time. Started out very pleasant with a strong northwest wind between 5-7 mph and temp around 22c. Virtually cloudless sky became 100% cloud cover by end of watch when a rain shower chased us off the mountain at 1:30. Visibility was good most of the day with the far ridges visible but a bit hazy.
Raptor Observations: 1st bird was a Cooper's at 8:32 and there was 1 immature bald eagle on the day at 11:11.
Non-raptor Observations: Nearly 300 blue jays, a couple of flickers and more than 100 monarch butterflies were seen today.
Predictions: Small chance of rain with temps looking to be in mid to upper 70 with wind from the south. ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home