Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Peter Livengood
Observers: Ed Gowarty,Jr., Joe Sabo
Visitors: David Whipkey, Joe Sabo, Ed Gowarty Jr.
Numerous other visitors that signed the guest book. Because of my absent-mindedness and the rain at the end of the count, I did not write down the names of the visitors from the guest book. Several of the visitors had binoculars and stayed for a while. One group of visitors was impressed by a flapping Vulture and the Bald Eagle that followed right after.
Weather: Very interesting weather today. To start out, the sky was cloudless, and the temperature was nearly 70F. The valley below was 100%, pure white, cotton blanket of fog. It was a sight to behold! Winds were generally light, and started SW, then became variable for 2 hours. The wind then turned SE for the 10:00 hour through the afternoon. Winds changed to very light ENE after the first 2 rain showers, and then switched to moderate west after the last thundershower at 3:50.
The fog blanket stayed in the valley until after 11:00. Every time an Easterly wind gust would come, the fog would encroach on the hawk watch and the temperature would plummet. Then all of a sudden, the valley started to appear! The sky would go from mostly cloudy to mostly sunny throughout the day. The valley remained somewhat hazy all day.
Raptor Observations: 67 migrating raptors. 29 of those came just before the thundershower around 3:50, when a formation of high-flying Turkey Vultures suddenly appeared out of the north and scuttled by ahead of the gusty winds and heavy rain.
3 Bald Eagles: 4-year old @ 8:12, adults @ 10:32 & 10:38. 1 UE down low in valley up against the ridge, only viewed very briefly.
Non-raptor Observations: 180 Monarchs. 3 Dragonflies. 117 Blue Jays, including a group of 40. 55 Cedar Waxwings. 6 Northern Flickers.
A very large flight of migrating Chimney Swifts observed this morning. They all came through in the first 3 hours, totaling 463! Groups of swifts, up to a dozen or more came through right overhead, in the valley, and towards the west.
19 total songbird species. Numerous migrating "DK" (don't know) songbirds.
Predictions: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers. SW winds. High temperature in the low to mid-70's. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Peter Livengood (<Glivengood7...>)