Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Mike Zebehazy
Observers: Carol Lukazewski, Peter Yoerg, Steve Kempf, Wendy Zebehazy
Visitors: Steve Kempf, Carol Lukasewski, Wendy Zebehazy, Peter Yoerg, Tim Lenz, and Keith Ahrens.
Weather: Clear and sunny all day. Temperature rose from 8C to 17C. Winds were moderate in the morning from the SSE shifting to WNW in the afternoon. Humidity decreased throughout the day from 48% to 20% making for a very dry afternoon. Barometric Pressure also decreased from 30.32 to 30.21.
Raptor Observations: The first hours with SSE winds kept the migration closer to the lake but the birds shifted inland as winds shifted to WNW. The morning watch was spent at Section H in the cemetery and moved to the entry road site in the afternoon. Turkey vultures dominated, as expected, with a good flight of Red-shoulders, especially in the morning. Sparse numbers of other species were scattered throughout the day.
Non-raptor Observations: Many hundreds of passerines moved through including one Common redpoll, heard as it flew over. The Northern shrike observed several time over the last few days made an appearance for several minutes between 2 and 3 PM EDT. Other migrants included a couple of Great Blue herons and a Common raven.
Predictions: Tuesday's weather looks to be about the same as today's with SSE winds in the morning becoming more S and then SW later. However, the winds at the watch often tend to be not quite what the weather apps indicate. This seems especially true early in the season when the lake still has plenty of ice. Monday's afternoon breeze was WNW all afternoon even though weather apps indicated SW winds. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Michael Zebehazy (<mzebehazy...>)
Site Description: This spring only "all volunteer" watch is conducted at Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg, NY. It is located on flat lake plain located along the shoreline of the east end of Lake Erie, about 10 miles south of Buffalo, NY. For additional information contact Jim Landau at <landaujr...>