Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Bob Epperson
Observers: Barry Kinzie, John Pancake, phillip ferguson
Visitors: Barry Kinzie and Phillip spotted birds and told stories for a few hours. Very little traffic and a few AT hikers.
Weather: Overcast with moderate haze very slowly clearing to partly cloudy (25%) by the end of the watch. Calm to very light variable winds ending with light NW wind. Temperatures ranging from 74 F to 84 F (23.3 to 28.9 C).
Raptor Observations: First birds were 3 BW that came down the ridge soaring high together at 10:08 a.m. EST. One adult BE at 12:16 p.m. EST, and an immature BE at 12:23 p.m. EST. Last bird, OS, seen at 1:44 p.m. EST. All birds were high to very high and mostly straight down the ridge, including three sightings of local RT, all of which were heading N/NE.
Non-raptor Observations: Highlight of the day was an Olive-sided Flycatcher, well seen and photographed, that was found to the north along the Blue Ridge Parkway while heading to the hawkwatch. Nice assortment of other migrants found on the Parkway, including N. Flicker, numerous Barn Swallows and Chimney Swifts, first fall flock of Blue Jays (16), a very early and/or wandering Black-capped Chickadee, and Cape May, Magnolia, and Blackburnian Warblers.
Predictions: Time spent during the early, slow flights will be rewarded later. Also, Matt will make a prediction at some point. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home