Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: David Brown
Observers: Bridget Watts, Dominic Sherony, Greg Lawrence, Jim Miles, Mike Tetlow, Pat Martin, Shelley Rackovsky
Weather: Sunny with moderate southerly winds in the morning then a northeast lake breeze in the afternoon. Moved to Frisbee Hill at 12pm EST.
Raptor Observations: Excellent morning migration. We are beginning to see large groups of Turkey Vultures with over 400 today. Two Golden Eagles including one that gave an excellent look. Accipiter migration is picking up with 15 sharpies and 12 Coops. Excellent Buteo migration with 85 red-shoulders and 63 red-tails. Four Rough-legged Hawks including one dark-morph. We also had all three falcon species today. The lake breeze pushed the flight line inland so we moved to Frisbee Hill but only had light migration there.
Hawk Watch Platform (7:30AM-12PM EST): 10 Killdeer, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, 7 Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfisher, 2 Tree Swallows, American Pipit, 5 Common Redpolls. https://ebird.org/checklist/S83908714
Predictions: Tuesday: Intervals of cloud and sun in the morning then more clouds later. High 16C. Winds light from the south in the morning then switching to a NE lake breeze for the afternoon. Expect moderate migration before the wind changes then light migration after.
Wednesday: A few early showers then mostly cloudy. High 19C. Winds SSE at 15-30km/h. Expect moderate migration.
Thursday: Mix of sun and clouds then cloudy. High 20C. Winds SW at 15-25km/h. This is looking like the best day. Expect good migration. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>) Braddock Bay information may be found at: http://www.bbrr.org/