Observation start time: 06:45:00 Observation end time: 16:15:00 Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell
Observers: Dan DeHart, David Kirk, Mike Crowder, Roger Baroody
Visitors: A through hiker, trail name "Petey", headed south benefited from some trail magic left on the large rocks on the AT at the end of the parking lot. Some thoughtful trail fairy left several large bottles of water and he was one happy hiker. He said that water is very scarce along the trail and was very appreciative. A couple from Quebec in one of the aforementioned RVs spent a few minutes talking with us and a Vermont couple riding motorcycles and headed to Texas spoke with Mike for a while.
Weather: Beautiful day on the mountain with much needed relief from the heat. Temperature was 67F at the start of watch and rose to near 80. Crystal clear skies without a cloud in sight until the very end of watch. Visibility of the western valley was the best I've observed so far this season. Winds were fairly strong most of the day, primarily from the NW early but varied later in the day.
Raptor Observations: First bird was a sharp shinned that appeared directly above the overlook parking lot just as I stepped out of the car at 7:45 (DST). Was hoping that was a sign of a big count day but no such luck and the last birds observed passed in the 10:00 hour.
Non-raptor Observations: Some monarchs, blue jays, red headed woodpeckers, swifts and other small birds. Parkway traffic wasn't particularly heavy but we did have several new license plates to add to Don's list. Also had some very nice RVs through the overlook. Mike spotted what appeared to be a possible forest fire somewhere north of House Mt. right before he left for the day and it got steadily larger before the end of the watch. Hopefully it will not get out of control.
Predictions: Even cooler and, hopefully birdier! ======================================================================== Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home