Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Rick Morrissey
Observers: Jeff Hopkins, Rick Gaeta, Ron Kline
Visitors: Just a few overnight hikers, all really nice, we enjoyed them sharing their adventurous spirits.
Weather: A pleasant, partly cloudy, sunny day with a low temperature of 44F and a high temperature of 54F. Winds were WSW in the morning, 2-6 mph to start, and then SW in the afternoon with winds dropping to 1-3 mph.
Raptor Observations: Today's count was started by Ron Kline, PHD, aka Doctor Merlin. Thank you Ron for all the Fridays you led this season as the lead counter, and all the many years you coordinated the BOK Hawk Count flawlessly.
Bald Eagles (2): An adult pair at 1331 EST
Golden Eagle (1): 1123 EST (Adult)
Non-raptor Observations: On my last count day of the season, the most significant non-related raptor observation is that when long time raptor enthusiasts are gathered with very low flight activity, I learn so much. The platform of the North lookout is transformed into a stage, and each of the observers morph into improvisational educators sharing knowledge about an array of topics I never even heard about. I am left wondering if I could apply for CEU's for an odd sort of certification of eclectic knowledge. Also, I think this group could be on PBS to offer Netflix reviews and recommendations. For the rest of this COVID year, my wife and I are set for TV viewing, fire up the popcorn. Yes, it was that slow on BOK today, yet these days are some of my favorite experiences in nature, albeit human nature.
Winter and Caroline Wrens, 2 Ravens, lots of empty skies.
Predictions: Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 58F, winds from the NW at 5mph but mostly light and variable. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Bob Hoopes (<rehoopes...>) Bake Oven Knob information may be found at: www.lgnc.org