Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: David Brown
Observers: Daena Ford, Dominic Sherony, Nate Ukens, Pat Martin
Weather: Mostly sunny with moderate northeasterly winds. Fairly warm but the breeze kept it chilly.
Raptor Observations: Surprisingly good migration in spite of the northeast wind. The flight line was between the platform and the parkway most of the day. Birds were low! A steady flow of Turkey Vultures all day for a total of nearly 1,400. Only one Bald Eagle. Good numbers of harriers (21), sharpies (25), and Coops (11). A few dozen red-tails plus a red-shoulder and dark rough-leg. For falcons we had 21 kestrels and an immature peregrine.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Loon, 200 Double-crested Cormorants, 3 Great Blue Herons, Eastern phoebe, Fish Crow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 175 Tree Swallows, 2 Barn Swallows, Fox Sparrow, 7 Rusty Blackbirds.
Predictions: Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 19C. Winds ESE at 15-25km/h. Hard to predict but we did amazing today on less favorable winds so I would expect at least a moderate flight to continue. Sometimes the raptors are lower on days with easterly winds because it is a headwind for them.
Friday: Rain showers early then overcast. High 18C. Winds SSE at 15-25km/h. Chance of rain 40%. Expect light to moderate migration.
Saturday: Intervals of clouds and sun then increasing clouds. High 19C. Winds ESE at 15-25km/h. Expect moderate migration. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>) Braddock Bay information may be found at: http://www.bbrr.org/