Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Mark Schoene
Observers: Bob Secatore, Jack Miano, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan, Paul Roberts, Ursula Goodine
Visitors: Observers helping with the count included Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Judd Nathan, Tom Graham, John Cannizzo, and Julie Roberts.
Weather: Exactly as forecast. Started with SE winds, 5-10 mph, moving to SW 10-20 by 11 a.m. Roughly 50% cloud cover until 1 p.m. when it increased to 80% for the remainder of the day. Snow showers occurred occasionally at higher altitudes, with the snow evaporating before it hit the ground. ULtimately shortly after 3 p.m. there were scattered showers. Temps ranged from 8 C to 11 C.
Raptor Observations: Northern Harrier migrants included 6 adult males and 3 adult females. 2 Merlin migrants were both adult males with full crops. Nonmigrant raptors included 2 Turkey Vultures, 2 adult Bald Eagles who copulated on a log in the marsh after the male flushed every duck and goose within a quarter mile, 4 Northern Harriers including 2 adult males, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Rough-legged Hawk (light morph), and 1 Peregrine Falcon (juv)
Non-raptor Observations: Had 2 unidentified herons (not Great Blues) migrating over the ocean; 3 Great Egrets, 1 Black Scoter drake, multiple Killdeer, 1 Willet, 1 Coot, large flocks of Common Crows, and 35-40 Cedar Waxwings.
Predictions: Weather looks excellent for significant migration tomorrow. High pressure system moving in with northwest winds at 10-20 mph. Classic situation for good kestrel migration. Are there more kestrels in the pipleine following today? ======================================================================== Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>) Plum Island MA information may be found at: http://massbird.org/EMHW/