Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Dave Hunter
Visitors: Chris and Shannon Updike, Ellyn Worthhymer, Beth Ann Doerring
Weather: Warm day 20.7-27.6C. A little fog early, which quickly dissipated. Strong W winds from 9am-noon brought in good raptors, but when the winds dropped to slight SE breezes after noon, the raptor flight diminished. Clear blue sky with no clouds from 9am-noon and then nice 20-50% cloud cover after noon. Lots of haze and a little fog kept visibility to <5km early, which improved hourly.
Raptor Observations: 97 raptors between 9am-noon and only 35 between 12-3pm. Four adult Bald Eagles at 11:10 (2), 12:30, 1:30. Three immature Northern Harriers between 12-1pm.
Non-raptor Observations: Many Monarchs today (200 at least). Lots of warblers flying over early. 18 Chimney Swift, 6 Red-headed Woodpecker. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org