Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: David Brown
Observers: Dean Coffin, Joe Swertinski, Jordan Brown, Kim Steininger, Lana Glass, Sue McLaughlin
Weather: Clear skies except for a few afternoon clouds. Light northwesterly winds.
Raptor Observations: Steady migration but tough spotting against the blue skies. A few dozen vultures. Seven Bald Eagles. Three harriers and a handful of Accipiters. Good Buteo migration with 24 red-shoulders and 22 red-tails.
Juvenile Golden Eagle in the noon hour that glided high overhead. Adult Golden Eagle was the last bird of the day and was spotted far in front over the mini-donut so we got to watch it for about 15 minutes until it finally glided past on our right just before 4pm. Excellent scope views of the topside and underside as it soared around in the afternoon light. Not a hint of white in the wings or tail. Nice tawny bars on top of the wings. An adult is a rare treat for us here. We are now at 15 Golden Eagles for the season which is the third highest season ever (18 in 2014, 23 in 2013).
Non-raptor Observations: 500 Canada Geese, Great Blue Heron, 2 Common Ravens, Purple Finch, 25 Brown-headed Cowbirds, 750 Common Grackles.
Predictions: Tomorrow: Cloudy skies early then partial clearing. High 12C. Winds light and variable. Expect light to moderate migration.
Friday: Windy and sunny. High around 5C. Winds WNW at 30-50km/h. Higher gusts possible. Expect light to moderate migration and uncomfortable viewing conditions.
Saturday: Sunny with some cloudy intervals. High near 5C. Winds WNW at 15-35km/h. Expect moderate migration. ======================================================================== Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>) Ashland Nature Center information may be found at: www.delnature.org