Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Observers: Rick Gaeta, Rob Keith
Visitors: The highlight of our day were two visitors, Yessit and Laura, from Brooklyn, New York. First on their list of sightings were Lanternflies, which was no problem. Yessit attempted to stomp two at once, he's 0-2, but is committed to be this demon fly's worst nightmare. The beauty of this day is that after the failed lantern stomp, we pointed out an immature Bald Eagle which put on a great show for Laura and Yessit. We lent our binoculars (a rarity for me) and pointed out the eagle's white belly, projected head, and steady flight. A treat for all concerned, again, made our day.
Weather: A pleasant day with great visibility. Partly cloudy with a temperature range of 63 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit with variable light winds 1-7 mph, generally from the North-Northwest.
Raptor Observations: First raptor of the day right at the start of the count was an Osprey. Binoculars were still in the backpack, naked eye, Osprey was eye level riding the updraft no doubt, no second thoughts needed. The first seven raptors were all eagles and ospreys, a great start indeed!
Non-raptor Observations: We counted 7 hummingbirds, 17 Monarchs, a Great Blue Heron, two Pileated woodpeckers, 2 Ravens, a skein (wedge) of 18 Canada geese, and 9 parasails hovering off of slope one for more than an hour.
Predictions: Mainly cloudy with a 20% chance of stray shower or thunderstorm. A high temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds are forecasted to be light and variable, generally 5 mph from the East-Southeast.
======================================================================== Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>) Bake Oven Knob information may be found at: www.lgnc.org