Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Observers: Bob Astleford, Doug Burton, Ed Sinkler, John Traynor
Big day for visitors, the north look-out was almost at capacity mid-day.
An all-star cast of 'who's who' at the knob. Veteran 'Bake Oven Boys' John
Traynor, Doug Burton, Rick Gaeta, Ed Wanamaker, Jeff Hopkins, John Good,
Bob Astleford, Ed Sinkler, Scott Keys, Mark Boyd, and Gareth Williams.
Welcome Theo from his Subaru in the parking lot via the Arctic circle and
the West Coast and Mark from Allentown with camera lens rarely seen outside
of the US Open tennis courts (friends of Scott Keys taking great photos all
After early dense fog for about 2 hours of the count there was plenty of
sunshine with a low temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 76
degrees Fahrenheit. Winds were generally light NW winds 0-3 mph with a few
gusts up to 7 mph. In the last 2 hours of the count, winds were WSW.
Let’s not miss one key point, the big Broadwing push has started. So for
those of you who missed it today, make sure you are looking to the skies
the next two or three days. My condolences to many of the all-star
observers who came up today to see lots of Broadwings and left in the
'buggy,' hot early afternoon after the decent morning push of raptors
stopped. Then about 2:30pm DST, approximately 1450 Broadwings migrated in
about 90 minutes. The good news is there are more to come I suspect, so
get to it folks over the next two days if you can!!
Lots of eagles flying in groups of 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s on the north
side while hundreds of Brooadwings were streaming overhead on the south
slopes and all of this occurred with just the counter and two extremely
helpful observers (Ed Sinkler and Bob Astleford) left late in the day. This
was a day of great conversations and no birds in the morning, and lots of
frantic system overload behaviors with over 1500 raptors in all quadrants
of a big blue sky late in the afternoon. Most raptors I have seen in one
day at BOK, very cool!!
Five Hummingbirds, 10 Monarchs, two Black throated Green warblers, a female
Scarlet Tanagers, two Ravens. Worst day for Lantern flies EVER, made it
really tough to see kettles until later in the day.
Sunshine and clouds mixed . A 20% chance of a rain shower. High 82F,
winds are forecasted WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>)
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