Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Observers: Darrin Menzo, Joe Farkas
Visitors: Two very fine raptor enthusiasts were very much appreciated by the BOK counter. Joe Farkas took the morning observer shift, and Darrin Menzo from Lansdale closed out the afternoon observer shift.
Weather: Mostly sunny all day with light and variable winds ranging from 2-8 mph. Wind direction started from the Northeast, gradually changing in the early afternoon to East Southeast. Temperatures ranged from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to a high of 54 degrees Fahrenheit at 1300 EST.
Raptor Observations: It was a slow day with 'bursts' of Buteos mainly red shouldered hawks in the morning, then 22 redtail hawks during the last hour of the count.
Bald Eagles (2) - 1354 (Immature); 1425 (Adult)
Golden Eagle (1) - 1238 (Immature)
Two adult Bald Eagles flew from the South Lookout above the bowl then Northeast at 1325 EST.
A Merlin also flew from the South lookout over the North Lookout, then parallel to the finish line before heading east and thus not counted.
Non-raptor Observations: Four Ravens, one loon, one Great Blue Heron, and thousands of migrating black birds
Predictions: Rain early, then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High near 50 degrees Fahrenheit with winds ENE at 10-15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>) Bake Oven Knob information may be found at: www.lgnc.org