Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady
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The signs did not look good today with us sitting in the tail end of a low
pressure system passing through. There was a front coming in that looked to
pass mostly to the north of us but it caused the barometer to drop through
the day. The skies looked inviting with high cirrus at first followed by
blue skies sparsely populated with small cumulus clouds. The winds shifted
to the southwest and grew in intensity helping our comfort level if nothing
else. All in all, it was a pleasant day to look at but of little reward in
terms of migrating raptors
The increasing winds brought out the local inhabitants to fly. Bald eagles
were seen frequently, covering miles as they soared on the fresh winds. A
number of ospreys were observed. We are not sure yet how many locals we
have but it certainly is quite a few. One was observed in a form of crazy
flying, flipping over three times in a row similar to eagle’s talon
grabbing maneuvers. Kestrels have been our most common of the small
migrants so far with five being counted today. Only one sharp-shinned made
the list today. We did count a couple of bald eagles today.
Gulls, Caspian Terns and mixed swallows provided most of the entertainment
today. Of interest was a juvenile red-headed woodpecker that flew over.
There are a mix of warblers in the hedgerow behind us although our eyes are
usually pointed in another direction. Pied-billed grebes were still
observed and will probably stay for some time. Killdeer and Lesser
Yellowlegs were our shorebird reps today.
Tomorrow looks to be a better day. The low will have passed during the
night bringing NW winds and a rising barometer. Given that it is the early
days of the watch it will be interesting to see if the birds respond to
what might be good conditions for them to move.
Report submitted by Kevin Georg (<kevin.l.georg...>)
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