Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Observers: Ed Wanamaker, Michele Varricchio, Travis Rennig
Visitors: Jack from Central Bucks who spotted many of the early raptors. Michele Varricchio from Allentown, who was quickly promoted to official observer in the afternoon, and Tim from Schnecksville. Thanks Tim for holding down the hawk watch at the end of the day.
Weather: Skies were mostly cloudy for the first 2 hours of the count, then at 0900 the skies were filled with plentiful sunshine with a high temperature of 72F and a low temperture of 62F. Winds were from the north northeast 5-12 mph in the morning, in the early afternoon the winds were NW at 2-4 mph and then light and variable winds the last 2 hours of the count.
Raptor Observations: First of all, what a beatiful early Fall morning at the BOK North look-out. In addition to a great day, we had over 100 raptors in the first 4 hours of the count, led by sharpshins, kestrels with a few Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and Broadwings in the mix. A nice diversity of raptors while steady NNE winds and thermals where in place, then the migration flight ended as the winds shut down as if someone turned off a spiggot. The last four hours of the count had 10 raptors, then to add to the uneventful afternoon up came the lantern flies and my old friends from last Sunday, stink bugs. We switched over to great conversations from our faithful Sunday observers and visitors. It has never been all about raptors, its why most of us keep coming back.