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, Susi Meddis
Visitors: A BIG THANK YOU to Susi Meddis and Dave Hunter for helping out with spotting those distant specs! It was a tough sky. Ann Cline, Mark Whitis, Nate Miller
Weather: A summer-like day for first day of October! Dense low ground fog over Rockfish Valley creeping up the eastern slope that took a while to dissipate. Way too much blue sky with thick haze on both sides and over the ridge, making it difficult at times to focus on the distant birds to the north. Oftentimes we would catch them as they "popped" out overhead. High humidity at 95% dropping to 63% before starting to climb again by late afternoon.
Raptor Observations: Birds trickled in and they trickled out. Some low and some sailing high across the sky, some birds small specs. More single broad-wings, with small groups of 4-5 birds, and most didn't linger.
Two adult Bald Eagles circled about and finally disappeared, last seen heading southward at 12:48 EST.
Non-raptor Observations: I was "greeted" by a young black rat snake that I did not see until the last minute as it was stretched across the gray concrete sidewalk in the morning shade. I stumbled and although my cart with gear and chair rolled over, I managed to somehow not step on it and the cart wheels just missed it. It clearly was not that pleased!
A decent morning flight of Blue Jays, with smaller numbers later in the day, with a total of 268. Chimney Swift still moving through (63), Northern Flicker (6), Red-headed Woodpecker (2), Canada Goose (3), Scarlett Tanager (1 female), Palm Warblers showing up!
There were also quite a few butterflies including a decent flight of Monarch's (330), decent numbers of Red Admiral, Cabbage Whites, Buckeye and a Varigated Fritilary.
======================================================================== Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org