Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 14:15:00 Total observation time: 6.25 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Dave Hunter
Visitors: John Tindell, Ray Eavey, Cheryl and John O'Neil, Charlotte Gilmer, Tyler Terpin, among others.
Weather: Thick fog in Rockfish Valley to the east spilling into the Gap for first hour of the count. Once the fog cleared, mostly cloudy skies appeared, then partly cloudy mid-day, then dark, heavy storm clouds moved in from the west after 1pm. Thunder and rain out to our west from 1:30-2:15, then it started to rain on us at 2:15pm. Warm 21.7-28.6C. Light S breezes. Visibility was somewhat poor due to heavy haze.
Raptor Observations: Two Peregrine Falcons (both adults, giving great looks to everyone's joy!), and two 1st-YR Bald Eagles. Groups of Broad-wings kettling in the distance and then streaming south overhead. Five separate kettles of 12, 12, 10, 11, and 15 birds. A big thanks to Dave for spotting birds and kettles way up in the blue! Final bird of the day was a fast-moving Kestrel zooming by at 2:15pm to escape the thunder and rain!
Non-raptor Observations: Lots of Dragonflies moving south today, and lots of Monarchs as well (130 counted). Lots of migrating passerines early including 142 Chimney Swift, 6 Red-headed Woodpecker, 2 Red-eyed Vireo, 75 Blue-Jay, 84 Tree Swallow, 2 Swainson's Thrush, 1 Ovenbird, 2 Hooded Warbler, 2 American Redstart, 1 female Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Northern Parula, 2 Magnolia Warbler, 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 3 Indigo Bunting. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org