Observation start time: 06:00:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Ted Mara
Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, John Cannizzaro, Paul Roberts, Ted Mara, Tom Graham, Ursula Goodine
Visitors: Observers who helped with the count included Andrea Cannizzaro, Mike Cocorochio, and Tom Wetmore.
Weather: Winds SW-W-S at 3-15 mph. 12-26C on the warmest day of the year so far. Cloud cover 0-30%. Visibility 50 km. Winds tended to be more southerly than westerly, which is not great for the island.
Raptor Observations: There was an early, steady flow of harriers, but as winds grew a bit stronger, kestrel flight did not really pick up. Non-migrating raptors included 3 Turkey Vultures, 4 Ospreys, 2 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers, and 3 Red-tailed Hawks
Non-raptor Observations: A number of FOY species seen on the refuge. At Lot 1 migrants included 3 Snowy Egrets, 7 Northern Flickers, 2 Eastern Kingbirds, and Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.
Predictions: Forecast is for hotter than today, with 5-8 mph SW winds. That is weaker than desired, and like today might be more SSW or S rather than westerly. With weak winds and high temps, fewer migrant hawks are seen on the island and some of those may be soaring and flying quite high, more difficult to see against the blue sky. If winds are more westerly or rise above 10mph, could have a good pulse of migrants. Reports from Bradbury Mtn for today show that good movement was occurring inland today. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>) Plum Island MA information may be found at: http://massbird.org/EMHW/