Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 18:00:00 Total observation time: 11 hours
Official Counter: David Brown
Observers: Ben Nelson, Bridget Watts, Greg Lawrence, Janis George, Jessica George, Jim Miles, Jules Wagner, Lynn Bergmeyer, Mike Gullo, Mike Tetlow, Nate Ukens, Pat Martin, Shelly Rackovsky
Weather: Clear with south winds in the morning. A thickening cloud layer throughout the day as the winds shifted SSW and became stronger. Temperatures started out just above freezing and reached a high of around 23C.
Raptor Observations: The biggest day so far this season with nearly 2,300 raptors. The flight in the morning was light to moderate but large numbers started moving in the afternoon. Turkey Vultures made up the bulk of the flight with 1,980 total for the day. Red-tailed Hawks made up the bulk of the Buteo flight with more than 150. A moderate number of Red-shouldered Hawks with 17 and two Rough-legged Hawks (one light and one dark). Accipiter numbers continue to increase with 69 sharpies and 18 Coops. One Osprey towards the end of the day. Twenty harriers. All three falcons with 12 kestrels, a merlin, and 2 peregrines. A dozen Bald Eagles but no Golden Eagles.
The Turkey Vulture flight was mostly on the lake side until late in the day when there was a steady stream over the parkway until 6pm EST.
Non-raptor Observations: 2 Blue-winged Teal, 4 Pied-billed Grebes, 8 Sandhill Cranes, Common Loon, 10 Double-crested Cormorants, 10 Great Blue Herons, 2 Belted Kingfishers, 100 Horned Larks, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 75 Tree Swallows, Barn Swallow, 5 American Pipits, Lapland Longspur, 100 Rusty Blackbirds.
Predictions: Wednesday: Winds SW in the early morning then switching to NW. Steady light rain in the morning then afternoon showers. High 12C. If the rain holds off long enough there might be some morning migration, but after that expect light migration.
Thursday: Occasional snow showers. High 3C. Winds NW at 25-40km/h. Expect light migration.
Friday: Mix of sun and clouds. High 4C. Winds NW at 25-40km/h. Expect light migration. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>) Braddock Bay information may be found at: http://www.bbrr.org/