Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 16:15:00 Total observation time: 8.75 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Observers: Bob Astleford, Jeff Hopkins, John Leskosky, Travis Rennig
Visitors: It was great to have a 'strong bench' of additional really expert observers today, John Good; Rob Keith; Steve Hawk from Lehighton, and Michelle from Alentown. Way to go Michelle who picked out the last two Golden Eagles from 'way out' over peak number 5, which gave us all a treat to follow these raptors for about four minutes as they took their good old time to pass us by. In between the raptors during the lulls, some really great stories. These are just a small sample of the really good people of Bake Oven Knob's North lookout.
Weather: A mostly sunny, crisp November day. The low temperature was 38F, and the high temperature of 44F was recorded in the early afternoon. As the afternoon progressed, the temperature steadily went down to 42F at the end of the count. Winds were WNW, fairly blustery at 5-10mph to start the count, but by early afternoon winds were 1-3 mph.
Raptor Observations: As the early morning shift of observers can concur, where were the birds? Any birds would do? In the 10-11am hour, some really nice looks at two adult Red Shouldered hawks. The next series of raptors were some far away looks at a few Sharpshins followed by two eagles, one Bald and one Golden Eagle with Retails and more Red Shouldered hawks starting to pick up near the noon hour. The afternoon was basically Redtails and some really nice looks at two juvenile Golden Eagles.
Non-raptor Observations: 86 Canada goose; 8 Ravens, and 6 Loons
Predictions: Cloudy with occasional rain in the afternoon. High 59F, with winds from the SE at 10-20 mph. Chance of rain 100%, with rainfall totals of about one quarter of an inch. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>) Bake Oven Knob information may be found at: www.lgnc.org