Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 13:00:00 Total observation time: 5.25 hours
Official Counter: Brenda Tekin
Observers: Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas
Visitors: A few folks ventured up, hopeful to see birds. Herb Meyers, Keezletown,WV; Lois McKim, Doug Rogers, John Spahr, George Scarborough, Randy Cline
Weather: Arrived by 7:45 EST with bright blue sky, cool 14c and steady 11-13km NW wind and even stronger gusts. Nice white clouds moved in to the north by 10 am but then back to zero clouds by 12pm. Winds began shifting to more WNW.
Raptor Observations: Steady NW winds, chill in the air with advancing cold front but bright blue skies to start with. Conditions perfect for a decent accipiter flight but it never materialized. Bulk of birds trickled through between 8:31 to 11:30. Only 3 birds in last two hours. 1st bird: Sharp-shinned at 8:31; last bird: juv. Bald Eagle at 12:07 EST.
Non-raptor Observations: Two waves of Tree Swallows (110 and 48) all coming up from the east and heading west over the gap. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1), Chimney Swift (33), Red-headed Woodpecker (2), small numbers of Blue-Jays contemplating crossing the gap but most dropping down into the trees to the north. Monarch Butterfly(43)
Predictions: One day cold front moves out overnight. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org