Date: 8/28/17 1:05 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (27 Aug 2017) 5 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 3 3
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 8 8
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 4 19 19
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 5 34 34
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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.
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw




 
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