Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Jennifer Jowdy, Rose Thomas
Visitors: Gigi DelPizzo (from Florida), George Scarborough (Chesapeake, VA), and some other visitors but names not recorded.
Weather: Strong W winds all day with 20-28.7C temps. Mostly cloudy with lots of dark clouds in final hour and a light rain beginning at 3pm. Very clear visibility.
Raptor Observations: Today's count took us past 26,000 raptors for the season thus far. Most birds were showing low over the ridge, fighting the winds, eventually rising up and then streaming down the SE side of the gap. The birds got a little higher in afternoon. The bulk of today's flight occurred between 10am-2pm. Two adult Peregrine Falcon and three adult Bald Eagle. One kettle of 8 Broad-wings formed briefly. The first vulture didn't appear until 10:45am.
Non-raptor Observations: A hot air balloon lifting off early to the east. Many migrating warblers crossing through the gap in first hour or two. 17 Monarchs, 184 Chimney Swift, 1 Barn Swallow, 4 Red-headed Woodpecker, 32 Northern Flicker, 55 Blue Jay, 20 waxwing, 1 Catbird, 1 Cape May Warbler, 2 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 12 Raven. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org