Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 13:00:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: John Weeks
Observers: Joan Lupacchino, Kathy Conway, Myles Conway, Richard Nieman
Visitors: One unfriendly woman with a telescope and a collie. She stayed about an hour, maintaining anti-social distancing, then said as she left, "I'll come back when there aren't other people around."
Weather: Cloudless but very hazy skies (in part due to smoke drifting across the continent from the wildfires in Oregon and California). Temp. 52 F rising to mid-70s F. Wind N/NNE 5 mph to start, gradually shifting to NE, E, then SE and dropping to practically nothing. The flight ceased abruptly when the wind shifted eastward.
Raptor Observations: While the wind held N to NE, Broad-wings came through; after 1 PM, only a single BWHA was observed. Poor visibility made counting them a challenge; we probably missed many.
Additional observers: Chris Blagdon, Jim Reid, Jim Weber and John Weeks.
Non-raptor Observations: Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpeckers (2), Eastern Phoebe, Red-eyed Vireos (2), Common Ravens (3), Eastern Bluebirds (3), Eastern Towhee, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Black-throated Blue Warbler (female), Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal. Monarchs: 4. Warblers have been woefully few and far between on the hill this season.
Predictions: Strong adverse winds predicted. No hawk watch planned. ======================================================================== Report submitted by John Weeks (<aerie.john...>)