Observation start time: 08:15:00 Observation end time: 13:30:00 Total observation time: 5.25 hours
Official Counter: Dave Eberly
Observers: Al Guarente, Alan Simon, Bill Roache, Bob Kelly, Judy Mayer
Weather: A cold front with a small amount of rain moved through last night into this morning. The skies were mostly clear with some mid day clouds. Winds were strong and steady from the north and gusting into the mid to upper 20s mph. Temperatures remained in the 60s
Raptor Observations: Most of the migrants were high in the mostly clear blue skies and fast moving on the north winds. The most common flight path was through the SE corner of our site which is just a small window so many migrants were quickly disappearing behind trees. We counted 2 juvenile bald eagles as migrants. Two adult eagles were seen fending off a juv eagle from the area of the reservoir and thus were not counted as migrants. At least 4 different red-tails were hanging out all day as well as our Cooper's hawk and a merlin that did not appear to be migrating. Black and turkey vultures were around all day as well.
Non-raptor Observations: 34 Monarchs were counted moving through fast on the nice tailwind. Canada Geese were in the air: 430 were tallied but there were many more. Most were in high formations headed SW. A flock of at least 40 brown headed cowbirds was also a sign of the changing season.
Predictions: Shifting winds tonight bring clouds tomorrow. A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Eberly (<david.eberly...>) Rose Tree Park information may be found at: www.rtphawkwatch.org