Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Marty McNamara, Ted Mara
Visitors: Observers: Rod Chase, Ted Mara and Marty McNamara with friendly assistance from Tracy Luetjen (2nd trip up from Ellington, CT.) Dave Laska, Ron and other friendly folks trickled by all day.
Weather: Cool start @ 8C/47F and blustery NW wind 8-24kpm/5-15mph and gusts to 32kph/20mph. Visibility thru haze 16km/10mi. Overcast 50% with mixed layers of cirrus, stratus and cumulus. O/C improved for a while (20% @ 10am) but then 50% from 1pm on. Winds went NNW 9-11am; a little lighter @ 8-13kpm/5-8mph and gusts only 24kpm/15mph. From noon to 1pm winds returned to original levels and slowly shifted to west.
Raptor Observations: Adult BE 10:25, 11:50, sub-adult 12:05. All eagles had no problem finding great lift but all other migrating raptors were at or below eye level for most of flight. 1 BE adult rated local; high in NE but quick peel below horizon left bird invisible thru haze; we never found bird again. Other locals: TV 5, RT 1
Another 2 Monarchs -- amazing how they can move into the wind as they catch little puffs to toss them forward over the rocks!
Predictions: Sunny, with a high near 72. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable.
NOTE: I won't be up Sat. (working). Bill R indicated he'll be up; certain he wouldn't mind a few extra eyes. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw