Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Baxter Beamer, Dave Hunter, Ezra Staengl, Jennifer Jowdy, Josh Laubach, Rose Thomas, Shannon and Chris Updike
Visitors: Lots of visitors but only some names were collected including: Paul Glass (South Boston, VA), Mark Whitis, Douglas Burkett, Shea Tiller, Drew Chaney, Ira Lianez, Theo Staengl, Charlotte Clements, Max Nootbaar, Conor Farrell, Tucker Beamer, Anja Hittinger, among others.
Weather: Very warm and sunny day with 19-28.3C temps and mild-to-moderate NW winds. 0% cloud cover through 11am then gradual increase to 30% by 2pm. Hazy early but clearing by noon (good visibility).
Raptor Observations: Early birds were flying up low over the ridge and over. Then as the day warmed up and the winds diminished, most birds spotted super high. Five BE (2 adult and 3 immature). The highlight of the day was a beautiful adult Peregrine Falcon the appeared slowly circling to the north at eye level, giving good looks of its back. After a bit of circling and drifting south, it then turned and flew in directly toward us and did an awesome, slow, close fly-by!
Non-raptor Observations: A group of 11 Common Nighthawks spotted by Paul Glass flying out over Waynesboro heading south. 95 Monarchs. 61 Chimney Swift, 3 Red-headed Woodpecker, 8 Raven, 28 Cedar Waxwing, 1 Prairie Warbler, and 1 hummingbird. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org