Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood
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A return to more seasonal weather was in the cards today as northern winds
brought cooler air to the site. The barometer was above 30.5” although
the sky was filled with various permutations of clouds until they mostly
cleared in the afternoon replaced by high cirrus clouds indicating the
precipitation to come tomorrow. Winds were light and changing from the NNE
to a more easterly direction as the day progressed, ending ENE.
Temperatures were in the middle forties by the end of day but felt a few
Today looked to provide better impetus for the birds to move closer to our
site with a more favorable wind. The numbers were indeed better than the
last two days. We had ten turkey vultures today as stragglers continue to
move in small numbers. We counted three bald eagles. One sharp-shinned hawk
was noted. Falcons were represented by one merlin. This is the buteo season
and they were on the move but perhaps in less than expected, although
respectable, numbers. Twenty one red-shouldered hawks showed their
crescents and forty two red-tailed hawks made their presence known.
The curious thing this morning was that large numbers of ducks were seen
heading in the opposite direction to their usual path. Perhaps they were
just up exercising their wings. Gulls were also up in numbers today, at
times obscuring the view as we searched for raptors. Crows were on the move
today with large murders passing from time to time.
As per Weather Underground’s prediction, tomorrow looks to be a rain/snow
out. Other predictions may disagree, but NE winds with falling barometer
and cold temperatures do not look inviting to most species so stay tuned.
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
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