Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 13:30:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine
Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Geoff Woods, John Cannizzo, Tom Graham, Ursula Goodine
Visitors: Observers helping with the count included Geoff Woods, Matthew Nash, Tom Graham and Tom Wetmore.
Weather: Instant summer, with weak SW winds early shifting to a sea breeze (SE/SSE) at 10 am EST for the remainder of the day. Temps climbed to 25 C before the sea breeze set in. Sunny, but limited visibility in the warm, dirty air with heat shimmers.
Raptor Observations: Very modest early movement on very weak SW winds, ground to a halt with change to sea breeze. Local, non-migrating raptors included 2 Ospreys, 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, and 1 American Kestrel. MIgrant Ospreys were very high.
Stronger SW winds inland in southern New England and high temperatures provided good migration conditions for birds moving inland. Bradbury Mtn in Pownal, Maine had weak winds, turning SE, but had another excellent day with 361 hawks including 40 Northern Harriers and 100 kestrels. Plum really needs winds with a westerly component over 10-12 mph to push migrants closer to the coast in the Newburyport area.
Non-raptor Observations: Local nonraptors included 2 Great Egrets, 1 Snowy Egret, 1 Killdeer, 2 Northern Flickers, 50+ Tree Swallows, 2 Song SParrows and 1 Chipping Sparrow.
Predictions: Temps drop and winds come off the water Wednesday, with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Thursday look much better with forecasts for NW winds @ 13+ mph. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>) Plum Island MA information may be found at: http://massbird.org/EMHW/