Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: David Brown
Observers: Greg Lawrence
Weather: The morning rain held off longer than expect. Mostly cloudy in the morning with some brief periods of sun and moderate southerly winds that increased and shifted SW. Afternoon rain paused the count for a few hours. After the rain I came back out and had partly sunny skies and strong westerly winds.
Raptor Observations: The morning raptor flight was low-altitude and steady. A big push in the early afternoon ahead of the storm. More steady raptor migration at the end of the day after the rain. Nearly 400 Turkey Vultures. The first Osprey of the season. Decent numbers of harriers and Accips. Four Rough-legged Hawks and 13 kestrels.
Non-raptor Observations: Pied-billed Grebe, 12 Double-crested Cormorants, 10 Horned Larks, 45 Tree Swallows, 7 American Pipits, 10 Common Redpolls, Lapland Longspur, Fox Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow.
Predictions: Monday: Sunny with strong winds. High 7C. Winds WNW at 30-50km/h gusting 65+km/h. Winds might be too strong for a big flight. Expect light to moderate migration.
Tuesday: Sun with some clouds. High near 20C. Winds S shifting SW at 15-30km/h. Expect good migration!
Wednesday: Cloudy with showers. Morning high 11C falling to 5C. Winds W at 15-30km/h. Expect light to moderate migration. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>) Braddock Bay information may be found at: http://www.bbrr.org/