Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Observers: Doug Burton, Rick Gaeta, Rob Keith, Scott Keys
It was great to spend time again with Dan from Lancaster who gave us some
great places to visit in North America. Great to see observer and BOK
photographer Scott Keys, and as always, observer Al Grout.
The low temperature at 0815 was 44F, and the high temperature of 66F was
recorded at 1200 EST. There were mostly cloudy skies at the start of the
count which gave way to sunny skies in the late morning and afternoon. For
most of the day there was a light haze presumably from the Western US
For all of the raptors in the sky today, if you had to make the call with
eyes closed, you had a 97% chance of being correct if you called it a
Broadwing Hawk. The Broadwing count was also concentrated with 586 of the
760 total Broadwings being recorded in two hours, from 0900 to 1100 EST.
These Broadwings started low in distant kettles over peaks 2 & 3, then
moving to the slope of 1, rising very high and streaming over the South
lookout into the sun. Just to make the count interesting today, the haze
pretty much hid the afternoon Broadwing kettles until they were very high
directly over the North lookout. Not many field marks on these Buteos, we
just connected and counted the dots. One Osprey was almost forgotten as it
was seen in a Broadwing kettle of 106 raptors. The rest of the raptor
count was like Noah loading the Arc two by two - 2 sharpshins, 2 Cooper’s
hawks, 2 harriers, 2 Bald Eagles, 2 kestrels, and finally 2 URs
Bald Eagles (2) - 1420 (Immature), 1620 (Immature)
5 monarchs, 1 Black throated blue warbler, 1 female Cape May warbler, 1
Hummingbird, and early in the day on the ride up to the lookout, had to
stop the car to give way to two Pileated woodpeckers (they gabbed on a
nearby tree for a great look), two ravens, and one Canada goose!
Sunny. High 74F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>)
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