Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 7.25 hours
Official Counter: Brenda Tekin
Observers: Dave Hunter
Visitors: George Scarborough, Mary Elfner of Richmond Audubon, Ken Meyers and Chris Quay who stopped overnight on their way home in PA to visit the hawk watch this morning and were rewarded with the low Broad-Winged and Peregrine. Drew Chaney and John and Lila Porterfield
Weather: A lovely early fall day, with lots of sunshine with mostly cloudy sky but the good white high ceiling ones, along with jet contrails, providing nice backdrop against the bright blue making it easier to spot the high sailers!
Wind light from SE to SSE throughout the day.
Raptor Observations: Just as counter stepped out onto the pavement upon arrival by 7:45 EST, a LOW Osprey came up the slope and flew across the parking lot.
Was hoping for a few more birds but overall not too bad. Even had small groups of Broad-wing, several 5 to 8 at a time, including a group of 5 kettling high overhead with the day's 2nd osprey. It was also another 3-falcon day with two of each, including one "kestrel" that morphed into the first Merlin of the day. Thanks to Drew Chaney who was quick on the draw with his camera to capture and confirm ID! Folks visiting in the morning got to see a slow sailing fairly close Peregrine and a Broad-winged Hawk. A second Peregrine came in slow, sailing along later in the day for the next wave of visitors.
Bird #26,000 for the season was a Sharp-shinned at 12:44 EST.
Non-raptor Observations: Northern Flickers (26) Quite a few were seen lifting off from the trees to the north but turning back and not included in the day's tally. Chimney Swift(13), Blue Jay (16), Pileated Woodpecker (1), Monarch Butterfly (45) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org