Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 15:45:00 Total observation time: 8.25 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Observers: Ed Wanamaker, Mike Duda
Visitors: An outstanding extended family came to the North lookout today, ready for migration action. Such a pleasure to meet Paula and Vlad from Sugarloaf, Pa, and Mike Duda and his daughter Zaryana from Lehighton, Pa. Mike is a modest man but I believe I heard he is a direct descendant of a Polish King.
Weather: Mostly sunny yet hazy, with a low temperature of 51F at 0730, and a high temperature of 64F at 1300. The strongest winds of the day were in the morning at 4-7 mph generally from the WNW, with decreasing Westerly winds throughout the day to 0-2 mph at the end of the count.
Raptor Observations: There were zero raptors in the air for the first 3 and a half hours of the count, then just two immature Red Shouldered hawks by noon. With WNW winds early in the morning, the place to count was logically from the North lookout. In the afternoon as the winds shifted to light West winds, observation was very challenging as the heat of the day had the raptors very high in a cloudless blue sky and flying over the South lookout. The few eagles counted were only seen because they happened to be in kettles of Black and Turkey vultures, or the Golden Eagle that was being chased by a loud crow otherwise I may not have seen any eagles. Did we miss some raptors? I don't think so, I think we missed a lot.
We had two very high Adult Bald Eagles flying from West to East that were heard before being seen, almost as if they were arguing back and forth. Their squawking then made sense when they intercepted a third Adult Bald Eagle which eventually flew Southwest and was counted. The 'arguing' Bald Eagle pair later returned, high over the bowl, locking talons, so I guess they made up but again they flew East high over peak #1 and were not counted a second time!
Golden Eagles (3): 1233 (Juvenile), 1233 (Juvenile), 1526 (Adult)
Bald Eagle (1): 1420 (Adult)
Non-raptor Observations: Lots a black capped chickadees, American Robins eating berries, and four Ravens. 'No see ups' hatched again, this is November, correct?
Predictions: Sunny, with near record high temperature of 74F. SW winds light and variable. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>) Bake Oven Knob information may be found at: www.lgnc.org