Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:45:00 Total observation time: 7.75 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: David Kirk, King Irvin, Kristine & Dana Newcomb, Mike Crowder
Visitors: Lots of help today. Thanks to Pete, Garland Kitts, Don Aldridge, Matt Hosmer, Bob Epperson, Bond Jerry Bond, Phillip Ferguson, Roger Baroody, Dave Brunstetter, the couple from Smith Mt. Lake whose names I failed to get, Al and Debbie McPherson and to Lourdes Page (and husband whose name I also failed to note). Lourdes spotted 2 sharp shinned which turned out to be the final birds of the day.
Weather: 72 F at the start of watch climbing to mid 80s. Sunny with cloud cover increasing throughout the day to about 75%. Winds were light and variable on the western side but fairly strong and consistent on the east side.
Raptor Observations: Most birds were spotted over the knob or to the eastern side. First bird was a broadwing at 9:10 followed shortly by a peregrine falcon five minutes later. Immature bald eagles at 12:33 and 1:30.
Non-raptor Observations: Although no formal count was taken there were many monarchs observed. I'm curious if dragon flies change into stink bugs as the dragonfly population seems to have thinned but the stink bugs are out now in full force. This year's version smells no better than previous years.
Predictions: More of the same weather wise and, probably, count wise but to quote Andy Dufresne "hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things"! ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home