Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Marty McNamara, Tom Gottschang
Visitors: Doug Pettison, Tom Gottschang, Marty McNamara.
Had nice chats with others: Gail, Jay and Paul from Gardner and JoAnne from Worcester. Hope all will return in mid-September.
Weather: 16C/61F at start under 95% blue as distant cumulus just starting to build. Temps and clouds slowly increased until 1pm when we had 22C/72F and 80% overcast sky. Morning breeze from NE at 0-5kph/0-3mph. It increased to 8kpm/5mph in 10am hour but then backed off again. In the afternoon winds oscillated between N and NE frequently. A little more breeze would've made a perfect Sept day?
Raptor Observations: The 10:30 UR came from NE and was very high overhead. My impression was RT but a look at the bird straight overhead looked to make it a dark morph. UR it remains, though! An imm. BE appeared out to NE and after a long haul passed N of tower and off to SW. However ... circled and landed short of Holden. Local; still, first BE seen this year. First falcon, too, when a Merlin went by North side and off to the W like a fighter jet. Also a local. Only migrating hawks, BW 4, appeared over Boston at 1:40 and passed over reservoir to Holden and SW. They stayed 'in formation', even thru light thermals, all the way thru.
Non-raptor Observations: Phoebes in the bushes for 1st hour. Same mix of locals as in past few days except as noted above.
Predictions: Predicted light east wind. Iffy. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw