Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Jerry McWilliams
Observers: Bernie O\'Connor, Jennifer Ferrick, Jerry McWilliams,
Ken Felix, Jennifer Kerrick, and Bernie O'Connor assisted with the count.
Visitors included about 20 Springhill Retirement Home residents, Bob
Wellington, Jim & Carolyn Baxter, Julie dell, Bonnie Ginader, Mark
Lethaby, Mary Birdsong, and Bob Grubbs.
Variably cloudy through the day with east winds early becoming SW, then
WSW, and eventually WNW near the end of the count. Very cold start at 45 F
climbing to 80 F then falling back to 59 F with the wind shift.
A slow start to the watch, then when the wind shifted to the south birds
began to fly. The flight was steady until the wind shifted to the WNW and
the flight shut down along the lake. There was a heavy flight of Bald
Eagles and Osprey, along with a high count of Sharp-shinned Hawks and
Broad-winged Hawks. One of the highlights was a Black Vulture soaring
relatively low directly overhead at 1330 EST. For most of the day the
flight line was along the lake shore, but birds soared very high and nearly
out-of-sight later in the day.
Our second Common Raven flew past the watch at 0930 EST. Other migrants
include Double-crested Cormorant 35, Great Blue Heron 5, Blue Jay 875,
Chimney Swift 6, Yellow Warbler 2, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1, Baltimore
Oriole 1, American Goldfinch 200, Red Admiral 33, Common Green Darner 6
Clouds in the AM then sun in the PM, but light wind from the NNW and
cooler. A flight along the lake not likely.
Jerry McWilliamsErie, Erie County, <Pa.jerrymcw...>