Observation start time: 06:30:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Ted Mara
Observers: Bob Secatore, Brian Rusnica, Craig Jackson, David Goodine, Geoff Wood, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan, Kathryn Chihowski, Paul Roberts, Ursula Goodine
Visitors: Lots of visitors as lots of people hit the island on one of the most beautiful days of spring so far. Observers contributing to the count included Judd Nathan, Geoff Wood, Kathryn Chihowski, John Cannizzo, Tom Graham, Paul Roberts and DAvid Goodine. Visitors included Herrick and Harry Wales, Matthew Nash, June, Dianna & Paul Queheillalt, Bill Fiolek, Champa Bilwakes, Dot Currier, Jean Hanson, Justine Hanson, Nancy GIven, Janet Kovner, and Sandy Selesky.
Weather: Beautiful day as a high pressure system moved over the area. ALmost cloudless blue skies, temps 6-16 C, Winds W/NW 5-10 mph, with unlimited visibility.
Raptor Observations: HIghlights were excellent views of 17 harriers, most of whom were adults seen close and well, and 44 kestrels, most of which were seen in the afternoon. Also 1 light-morph Rough-legged Hawk. Our first three-digit flight of the season. Local non migrating hawks included 4 Ospreys, 3-4 Bald Eagles, including two local breeding adults, 2 local breeding Redtails, and a pair of Cooper's Hawks. Kestrel migration did not pick up until 11-12 hour EST, and for the next three hours. Most surprising was that there were only two Merlins seen in the afternoon when there was fairly steady migration.
Non-raptor Observations: Non raptors migrating included 50-60 Tree Swallows, a Barn Swallow, 3 Eastern PHoebes, 8 Killdeer, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 1 Palm Warbler and 1 Fox SParrow.
Predictions: Could be an excellent day for migration, especially inland. Temps are expected to rise to the lower 70s F, with winds out of the southwest over 10 mph for late morning and all afternoon. Could be excellent on the island as well. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>) Plum Island MA information may be found at: http://massbird.org/EMHW/