Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Mark Schoene, Paul M. Roberts, Ted Mara
Observers: Bob Secatore, David Goodine, Jack Miano, Jim Barton, John Cannizzo, Judd Nathan, Kathryn Chihowski, Paul Roberts, Tom Graham, Ursula Goodine
Visitors: Visitors included Anina Butler, Andrea Cannizzo, Bert & Tessali Hogan, Mike Cocorochio, Tom Wetmore, Will and Jean Martens, Julie Roberts, and many others.
Weather: A cold front passed through the region last night, bringing cooler temps and strong W/NW winds. Excellent conditions for migration.
Raptor Observations: Following a heavy afternoon kestrel and Merlin migration yesterday, and the passage of a cold front, we expected continuing movement today. Movement was not as heavy as we expected/hoped. 2 Broadwings seen, but well off island to the west. Nonmigrant raptors included 8 TV, 4 OS, 3 Bald Eagle (1 ad, 2 imm), 2 NH, 1 CH, 3 RT, and 1 RL
Non-raptor Observations: HUndreds of Tree Swallows and small numbers of Barn Swallows migrated in morning. Two male and 2 female Purple Martins hanging around "gourds" nesting condos. In afternoon 11 Glossy Ibis migrated low into a stiff wind.
Predictions: Following a very unusual streak of favorable migration weather, we are expecting at least four straight days of N/NE/E winds, including two days of rain, and the possibility of 9-10 days of unfavorable weather. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Paul Roberts (<phawk254...>) Plum Island MA information may be found at: http://massbird.org/EMHW/