Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Andrew Wolfgang, Ken Orvis, Phil Keener, Randy Phillips
Observers: Alice Frick, Barry, Bernie Frick, Fred Paley, Gary Johnson, Jim Wendt, Jon Butcher, Ken Orvis, Mark Kocher, Mindy , Phil Keener, Randy Phillips
Visitors: 6, Another special day. Randy and I shared the last recorded large group of BWs for the day (16:27) along with a hiker. In this group we viewed 126 BW's soaring low. They were viewed well without binocs, after a brief moment in a kettle they silently glided west of the parking area towards the setting sun.
Weather: Light ENE and E winds made for a great day at the count site. Temperature was a comfortable 21 C most of the count. Visibility was excellent. Another day with perfect conditions for Rocky Ridge.
Raptor Observations: Large numbers of Broad-winged Hawks viewed for the 5th day in a row. Small numbers of Sharp-shinned Hawks and Osprey.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Raven-2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird-1
Butterfly Monarch-22 Giant Swallowtail-1
Predictions: East winds predicted to stop tomorrow could be slower than the recent big days we had this week. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Andrew Wolfgang (<a19wolfgang...>)