Observation start time: 10:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Fred Paley
Observers: Chad Erhardt
Visitors: 16 visitors, a few with binoculars and cameras.
Weather: Mostly clear skies with high wispy clouds. South to Southwest winds varying from 2 to 5 mph. Temperatures reaching 23 deg. C, it was similar to a mild spring day.
Raptor Observations: 21 red-tails, 3 coopers, 1 merlin, 2 red-shoulders, 8 sharp-shins, 2 harriers, (1 a male.), 9 turkey vultures, 7 black vultures. After 1300 all raptors counted were flying so high most were found using binoculars, very high up, sometimes right overhead. The cloud cover was a big help.
Non-raptor Observations: Local eagles were a no show today. At one point there were 29 vultures in front of the broadcast antenna, and at least 25 more beyond the near ridge, most dispersed without coming our way to be counted.
Predictions: Warm and sunny, with a few clouds drifting by. Hawks will be high up, needing binoculars to find and identify. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Parks Volunteer (<parks...>)