In 2008, autumn raptor migration near Batumi, along the eastern shore of the Black Sea in Georgia, was counted for the first time. Since then, a systematic count has been organised annually, covering the major part of the migration period of major players like Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, harriers, eagles, buzzards, sparrowhawks and falcons. This report describes the ambience in which the counts take place, an interplay between serious counts and the human condition.