Observation start time: 12:15:00
Observation end time: 13:15:00
Total observation time: 1 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
At 0700 the BOK counter surprised five juvenile, hooded Homo Sapiens, three
males and two females who left the South Look-out quickly. There was the
unmistakable smell of marijuana in the morning air. Nice kids, they made a
plan for the day and stuck with it, who am I to judge. Later another young
visitor who stayed for a few minutes left the quote of the day, “Sunday
is ‘fun day.” Yes it is, yes it was.
The BOK Hawkwatch was in a fog cloud up until 1215 EST with constant
drizzle and rain showers, visibility to about 75 feet. The winds were 3-8
mph, from the SSE. Mid-day the fog cleared for approximately 45 minutes,
visibility to about 4 miles and the count was started. The low temperature
was 51F at 0700 EST, with a high of 56F at 1315 EST when the count was
ended for the day due to low visibility.
After an hour in the fog beginning at 0700, I returned to my car in the
parking lot for two hours to read my book, ‘Dark Matter and the
Dinosaurs.’ Not the best read on a foggy morning. I returned to the
South Look-out at 1215 EST, the fog was just beginng to leave the Bake Oven
Knob bowl. Nothing was in the air for about 40 minutes, so I stopped to
note the temperature and wind speeds for the hour. Good thing I looked up
to see three Kestrels rising out of the trees in the bowl in front of the
South look-out. The Kestrels started down ridge, one with a distrinct
‘full crop,’ and then they disappeared into a dense fog bank which
quickly covered the South look-out. This cloud bank looked like it was
here to stay, so with three raptors counted and no shut out for today I
decided to catch the ball games on TV.
Eight cedar wax wings, heard a Pileated woodpecker.
Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. High 67F. Winds
WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Rainfall around half an inch.
Locally heavy rainfall possible.
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>)
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