Date: 8/31/17 3:47 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (31 Aug 2017) 10 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 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 2 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 12 12
Cooper's Hawk 1 4 4
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 6 31 31
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 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 10 54 54
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Ted Mara

Visitors:
Observers Rod Chase, Ted Mara.
Visitors: Glenn Lawrence and a steady trickle of
pleasant hikers and drivers who said hi.


Weather:
NW winds prevailed all day @ 3-8mph/5-13kpm with
occasional 12-15mph/19-24kpm gusts.
30% overcast at start steadily went to 95% by noon.
Early cumulus clouds to NW quickly came at us while
a low, gray whale of cloud mass advanced slowly over.
This blotted all sun and thermal lift weakened.
Visibility 10 mi. low thru a very hazy air mass.

Raptor Observations:
The 2 adult BE's (10:28am) appeared north and rode
thermal from Garner to enormous height before
zooming SW in a long and fast glide. A SS appeared
and dove on each eagle before accelerating ahead.
Nice show against the lower clouds on west side.
Local Merlin passed on north then sped into the NW
oaks and birches. Popped up hunting on updraft and
then rode it back to north and exited to east.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other locals: TV 8; RT 3; Ravens 4; Chimney Swifts 3;


Predictions:
Sunny but low 60's and perhaps stronger NW wind.
(Bring some warmer clothes if coming.)

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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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