Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady
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cooperation. Stay safe!
There was a hint of fall in the weather that greeted us this morning. The
temperatures had dropped into the sixties and the high barometric pressure
had cleared the air of clouds and humidity. Unfortunately, the wind did not
have a sufficient amount of the northern element that we were hoping for.
It remained persistently from the west as it grew in strength through the
day, moderating towards the end of the watch into high single digits. The
sky was filling with cumulus clouds as we called an end to the day. For the
most part we had a high blue clear sky devoid of both clouds and migrating
raptors. A day that had potential in some aspects did not deliver.
We saw plenty of local birds taking advantage of the free lift that the
wind provided. Eagles, osprey and turkey vultures took advantage soaring
where the winds took them. For most of the day, there was a blank canvas
in front of us waiting to be filled. We did count one bald eagle, one
turkey vulture, one sharp-shinned, and two kestrels. Then as if to reward
us for our diligence during the day we saw our first pair of broad-winged
hawks. The September object of our desire had finally arrived, albeit in
Caspian terns and ring-billed gulls were observed, the terns diving into
the waters, the gulls in high kettles. Pied-billed grebes were finding
plenty of small fish to fill their bellies. A flight of killdeers were seen
flying overhead. A Virginia rail was observed with a very small offspring
on the boardwalk near the watch site. Four blue-winged teal flew by at
their usual rapid pace. Perhaps our prize bird of the non-raptors, one
common nighthawk was observed in the mid-afternoon hours. Plenty of
swallows, swifts, and martins were hawking insects in the skies around us.
Tomorrow should visually resemble today’s final hour with sunny skies
interspersed with clouds. The winds will be more moderate with single digit
strength but moving more to the south, predicted as WSW. Although this is
not our favorite wind, perhaps the softer strength will allow the first
migrants of the season to stay closer to our site. We have not had as many
as we would have liked but patience is a virtue, or so they tell me.
Barometer will be climbing a little higher and stay in the go zone.
Report submitted by Kevin Georg (<kevin.l.georg...>)
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