Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Paul M. Roberts
Observers: Bob Secatore, Brian Rusnica, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan, Kathryn Chihowski, Ursula Goodine
Visitors: Observers who helped with the count included Judd Nathan, Bob Secatore, Kathryn Chihowski, Ted Mara, David Goodine, John Cannizo, Geoff Woods, Tom Graham, Simon Perkins, Erik Nielsen, and Tom Wetmore.
Weather: Cold front arrived almost as forecast. WInds were forecast to be NW at 15 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Winds were generally at 20-30 mph, but the kicker was winds were NNW moving to due N at 35 mph around noon, making it very difficult for any migrants. Winds in central and western Mass were reported as WNW at 10-20. Temps ranged from 5 to 8 C. Generally 70-80% OC.
Raptor Observations: Very disappointing, as we expected a great kestrel flight with NW or WNW winds. A smattering of kestrels early and late, but adult male and female harriers were the birds of the day, seen passing low, mowing grass into the teeth of the wind, and slow. One TV was also grass crawling. Local raptors included 7 TVs, 5 Ospreys, 3 Bald Eagles (2 ad 1 imm), 2 Northern Harriers, 2 accipiters, and 2-3 Redtails,
Non-raptor Observations: Grackles and cowbirds moving in small numbers, along with a Pine Warbler, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, several Great Egrets and 10 Cedar Waxwings.
Predictions: A Big IF. Forecast is for weak westerly winds overnight, increasing to 8-10 mph W/WNW winds, gusting to 22 around 11, and then turning into a sea breeze in the early afternoon, so morning is our best bet. Winds expected to become weak SSW on Monday. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>) Plum Island MA information may be found at: http://massbird.org/EMHW/