Observation start time: 07:15:00 Observation end time: 15:45:00 Total observation time: 8.75 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Visitors: A few youthful day hikers, no other hawk counters today. Lots of time for the counter on a slow day to reflect, time to sort things out. I came to the conclusion as a retired person that there is not a lot to sort out anymore. No complaints, life is good, and it was great to hear many of the through hikers below the look-out enjoying the Appalachian trail and this beautiful day.
Weather: There were periods of sunshine especially mid-day, with the beginning and the end of the day skies were mostly cloudy. The low temperature was 61 degrees Fahrenheit and the high was 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds were generally WNW at 2-9 mph, yet at the end of the day the winds were light and variable which ended the migration flight.
Raptor Observations: The first bird of the day was an Osprey at 0845, second bird of the day was a Turkey Vulture at 1010, and the third bird of the day was a single Broadwing Hawk at 1035 which made for a relaxing Sunday morning on the Knob. A non-migrating immature Bald Eagle was observed flying ENE at 1056. At 1514 a Peregrine Falcon was observed hunting behind the North look-out, assumed to be a local falcon seen by other observers recently. Two Northern Harriers were counted and noted here because they were this observer's first harriers of the 2019 Fall migration, the last being an adult male harrier.
Bald Eagles (2) - Adult 1322; Adult 1358
High over ridge slope number one, 21 vultures were observed in a kettle (one was a Black Vulture) which kept the interest of the counter on a slow day. As the kettle broke up, six Broadwing Hawks were seen. As the BWs were extremely high they probably would have been missed without the kettle of vultures. An hour later, high above the west slope of the 'hump,' an adult Bald Eagle found a thermal and for 10 minutes the counter kept track of the lone eagle to see if it would eventually move westerly and then be included in today's tally. Again high over the ridge slope two, the adult Bald Eagle led the observer to seven Broadwing Hawks. These eight little dots in the sky then flew over the North look-out, yet the BWs probably would have been missed without the eagle as a guide. Shall I note the vultures and the eagle as observers today? Well, unofficially then.
Non-raptor Observations: Sadly a thousand Lantern flies, some met their demise on the rocks next to my head (I didn't see nothing), and sadly only two Monarch butterflies were observed along with one Hummingbird, two Ravens, and four Canada geese.
Predictions: The forecast for Monday, September 9 is partly cloudy skies with a 10% chance of participation with a low temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit and a forecasted high of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds will light and variable generally from the ENE, with average wind speeds at 5mph
======================================================================== Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>) Bake Oven Knob information may be found at: www.lgnc.org