Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Dale Miller
Observers: Bob Epperson, Dan DeHart, Dave Brunstetter, Don A.
Visitors: Dave was in fourth gear with lots of spotting today. Dan DeHart could not resist the perfect weather, and stopped by to help spot birds during the final hour. A few RV's, many travelers stopping to read the hawk migration info signs, and a few AT hikers. Ranger Mike was on patrol looking for a guy in trouble.
Weather: Overcast with light rain initially, turning sunny with scattered clouds early and late, cool, 49 to 66 F, wind N 3-7 mph calming in afternoon. Distant ridges were nice and crisp following the cold front and minor rainfall that cleared the haze. Cool conditions were a very welcome change from the previous hot summer-like fall weather.
Raptor Observations: First birds were three SS at 9:30 EST. Nice steady flight of SS all day, some groups of 2-4, with peak of 28 birds in the 11:00 hour. SS diving on everything in sight including RT, BV, TV, and one another. Three adult BE at 11:27, 11:46 and 12:30, and two immature birds at 11:52 and 12:48 EST. One AK down the east side. At least one local RT. Best flight in several weeks.
Non-raptor Observations: Monarch tally was 92, plus several other butterflies, but, no dragonflies. Two new license plates through the Overlook, Nebraska and Arkansas, bringing the total to 45 states.
Predictions: Dale will bring a homemade apple pie to Bob for inputting today's count. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>) Harvey's Knob information may be found at: http://bijame.googlepages.com/home