Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Brenda Tekin
Visitors: Patrick Baines of Charlotte, NC; George Scarborough, Jennifer Jowdy
Weather: Overall a pleasant day with predominately WNW wind from 4-6mph. Mostly cloudy for most of the day but high ceiling. Most clouds finally moved out by 1:30pm.
Raptor Observations: Decent WNW wind and although mostly cloudy, it was a high ceiling, pretty clear visibility for miles and miles, and areas lit up by sun peaking through the clouds. First bird was a female Northern Harrier low over the ridge at 8:41. It would be a long wait before the next migrating raptor! Things picked up between 11-12 if you can call 5 birds picking up.
Two Bald Eagles, an adult and one juvenile.
Thanks to George Scarborough for spotting the very low, fast moving juvenile Peregrine Falcon out to our west. We got to see it before it all too quickly zipped past at base of the plateau. It stirred up a Cooper's that decided it was time to move on.
Non-raptor Observations: As clouds moved out and more sunshine warming up to 59 degrees, lots of Lady Bugs were flying about. Also had one dragonfly to fly over heading southward.
Other sightings include Double-crested Cormorant (2), American Robin (130), Rusty Blackbird (a group of 8 flying low over gap heading west into Augusta County), Cedar Waxwing (three small groups totaling 72), Red Admiral Butterfly (3), Monarch Butterfly (1)
Jennifer Jowdy reported a Red Bat flew in close after counter signed off. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org