Observation start time: 12:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 3.5 hours
Official Counter: Andrew Wolfgang
Visitors: 6. Some really nice folks out today at Rocky Ridge.
Weather: Clear skies with little cloud cover and cool temps made for a nice fall day at the watch site. Winds were WSW and light for most of the count period. Winds increased slightly from noon until 1 pm and began to die back after 3 pm. Temps ranged from 8 C to 12 C.
Raptor Observations: There was Cooper's Hawk and Merlin activity at the count site today, but flying North. Sharp-shinned Hawks were passing by with little altitude in several "waves" today. It made for great looks, and a late day adult male American Kestrel was a welcomed sight flying between the power lines.
Non-raptor Observations: Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures were passing by in good numbers at about 1 pm. It is difficult to discern migrant vultures at Rocky Ridge with such a substantial local population of both Black and Turkey Vultures. Several large groups were passing over at great heights (between 3-4 on HMANA flight height on protocol scale) while local birds were perched on towers or foraging in the valley below. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Andrew Wolfgang (<a19wolfgang...>)