Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Jim Thomson
Observers: Brian Butler, Jack McCormack, Phil Rodriguez, Tom Campbell
Visitors: Additional observers- Stephen Bagen and Maura Griffin Phil & Ann Ribolow- Always great seeing you guys. Come back soon ! Craig Stockert- You were actually a little early today ! Bradley White Cliff Miller- Welcome to Coon ! Perfect timing on the Golden! Hikers- 48 SOBO- " Two Bits". Good luck the rest of the way !
Weather: Temps- 39-47 Deg F, Wind- W @ 5-13mph Clear skies in the am to mostly cloudy in pm with some breaks of sunshine
A fun day on the ridge today with lot's of great looks at CLOSE birds in some beautiful light. Many,many passes along the ridge by Bald Eagles that came in very tight on the river side creating a huge WOW factor for observers and visitors alike ! Sharpies at the owl decoy, close looks at Red-shoulders and redtails streaming thru. Add in a fun crew of visitors and Coon " irregulars" and it's gonna' be a great day up top ! Nice spotting effort by all and I thank you ! We had sweet looks at a crisply marked immature Golden Eagle that passed below eye level on the river side that bought a "hush" to the crowd ( as Golden always do ) but our Bird of the Day selection goes to the adult Red Shoulder that came thru in bin-filling fashion on the river side in gorgeous light.. a real stunner !! We counted 7 Bald Eagles today but had many more in the region and it seemed as though someone always had a Bald Eagle in the bins throughout the day, Thanks to all for a really great day today !!
Non-raptor Observations: TV's & BV's Blue Jays Large flocks of crows Ravens- 4 Large flock of Brant ======================================================================== Report submitted by Jim Thomson (<hawkinflight...>)