Observation start time: 10:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: David Brown
Observers: Ed Sailer, Greg Lawrence, Jim Miles
Weather: Morning rain delayed the start of the count a few hours. Overcast in the late morning then clearing throughout the afternoon. Winds mostly southeasterly.
Raptor Observations: By far the best day so far this season. We had nearly as many migrants today as we had had the entire season up to today.
After the rain cleared a few groups of turkey vultures, northern harriers, and Accipiters began to migrate. Migration drastically increased during the 2pm EST hour when over 1,200 turkey vultures migrated through in large groups with other raptors mixed in. Bald Eagle migration was excellent in the late-afternoon with a total of 19 for the day. One immature golden eagle and 8 rough-legged hawks. One adult peregrine falcon. Northern harrier and Accipiter migration continue to increase. The flight was relatively high in the afternoon but mostly overhead.
Non-raptor Observations: 23 Killdeer, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Raven, 40 Horned Larks, 10 Tree Swallows, Barn Swallow, 10 Common Redpolls, 6 Eastern Meadowlarks, 10 Rusty Blackbirds.
Predictions: Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds early, then cloudy later. High near 20C. Winds SW at 15-25km/h through early-afternoon then shifting W and eventually NW by the end of the day. Great conditions in the morning through early afternoon. The longer the wind stays SW, the better. No lake breeze is forecast but that's always a possibility when the winds are relatively light and could push the flight inland. We are entering the peak of turkey vulture migration and hopefully there are plenty to come following today's strong flight. Expect good migration!
Friday: Windy with showers and thunderstorms in the morning then overcast. Morning high of 16C falling to 7C. Winds SW at 40-55km/h occasionally gusting stronger. Wind direction remains favorable but rain, clouds, and strong winds could keep the totals lower.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 9C. Winds W shifting NW at 10-15km/h. Expect moderate migration. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>) Braddock Bay information may be found at: http://www.bbrr.org/