Observation start time: 08:45:00 Observation end time: 16:15:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Jim Thomson
Observers: Brian Butler, Brian Hardiman, Maura Griffin, Phil Rodriguez
Visitors: Special SHOUT OUT to the following folks who missed attending todays festivities: Larry Bailey- Our idol !!! Love you and miss you !! Scott Wood- Just wasn't the same without you buddy !! Scott Kalter & Sydney Long- Missing you guys ! Andy & Megan Fedor- Haven't seen you all season long ?!?! John Workman- Thinking of you John ! Mike Reese- Hope to see you up top in the future !
COONAPALOOZA XVI !!!! What a wonderful celebration of the mountain. the raptors, and most importantly the people that make this hawk watch so special ! We had a great day on the ridge ( of course making sure to maintain proper social distance and wearing masks ) and the raptors put on a spectacular show for us all ! Redtails and Bald Eagles leading the charge ! We counted 14 Balds today but easily saw over 20 birds. Redtails seemed to be streaming thru all day long. We tallied over 100 raptors today easily setting a new Coonapalooza record count !! Just awesome ! A few special moments today with a new "landmark" being created for our previous lead counter Brian Hardiman who had spent 17 years as lead counter before passing the torch to me. Brian actually has spent decades on the ridge and Coon will always be a part of his life! "Hardiman's Hump" was dedicated today and is now one of our official landmarks to call out incoming raptors. Congrats to David and Rachel !!! Baby # 3 is on the way !!! Gonna' be a lot of little hawk watchers up on Coon in the near future ! Many thanks to Stephen Bagen and Maura Griffin for their hard work in getting the Coonapalooza quote board, quiz, and this year's business card all put together !! A thankless job and you guys always kill it !!! Thank you Jack McCormack for this years Coonapalooza shirt ! Thank you Craig Stockert for the Coonapalooza Scope II !! Awesome ! Al Ambler for the killer pulled pork ! Our Coonapalooza attendees this year are: ( in no particular order ) Denise Thomson, Stephen Bagen, Troy Fetherman ( and Ahri ), Tom Campbell, Harry Quinn, Jack McCormack, Craig Stockert, David Dunbar, Al & Jackie Ambler, Joe Goddu, Bob Pijanowski, Bradley White, Mike Leone with Nora and Annabelle Brian Hardiman, Phil Rodriguez, Maura Griffin, Brian Butler, Phil Ribolow Many other folks up top whose names I didn't get.. my apologies !! The raptors were keeping me hopping today !! Our Bird of the Day Selection goes to the POINT BLANK adult Bald Eagle that came in from the reservoir side and extremely close to the watch site. Crossed the ridge right in front of us and than passed close by on the river side offering killer looks !
Non-raptor Observations: TV's & BV's Loons- 5 Ravens- 8 Coonapalooza Porkie Bear - seen by Troy F. on the hike out Voodoo Child ! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Jim Thomson (<hawkinflight...>)