Date: 9/1/17 8:23 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (01 Sep 2017) 12 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 2 2
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 2 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 5 5 5
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 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 12 12 12

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Al Grimstad, Chris McPherson, David Fenton, Henry Walters,
Marie Matrano, Michael Burgess, Nancy Moreau, Sandy Fenton

There were 62 visitors to the hawkwatch on opening day, many families out
enjoying a hike and couples bundled against the October-y chill. Friends
old and new came out to help scan the skies, warming the platform with
snacks, cocoa, jokes, and stories from the year. Thanks for coming out to
welcome in another season!

Today marked the official start to the 13th season of counting here at Pack
Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory. Today also held the distinction of
being the coldest first day in the history of the project with a starting
temperature of 46F, far frostier than the 68F average and 5 degrees cooler
than the next chilliest start. The 15-20mph northwest wind created a pin
cushion-effect of scopes wedged against the picnic table and a nearby
Balsam Fir almost became the new owner of a flyaway hat. Clouds were pushed
and prodded around a half-clear sky in a shifting array of billows and
streaks. Needless to stay, it seemed a day far more suited to begin either
of the next two months than this one, but it was refreshing!

Raptor Observations:
It was only a 36 minute wait for the first migrant to come into view, an
adult female Northern Harrier paralleling the Wapack ridge from above. She
was followed by a sprinking of other migrants; accipiters balancing on
their elongated tails, an early juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged
Hawks blowing through on wings as strongly bowed as the Ospreys sinking
down the side of North Pack. Resident Turkey Vultures, a Red-tailed Hawk, a
Merlin, and a Northern Goshawk were also around. A Bald Eagle drifted by in
the afternoon, not giving enough clues to tell for sure if it was a local
or just passing through.

Non-raptor Observations:
The wind kept songbird activity to a minimum on our side of the summit.
Just a few passerines were moving in the morning, and a couple of Cedar
Waxwings were feasting on the ample mountain ash crop in the afternoon.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 3
warbler sp.- 3
passerine sp.- 1

Monarch Butterfly- 3

After a chilly start with temperatures expected to dip into the 30's
overnight, tomorrow is looking like it will warm into a beautiful day. The
wind should be light and variable, mainly out of the north in the morning.
Clear skies will allow the sun to warm the air well into the 60s. The
season is just beginning, but those frosty overnight lows might be just
enough to encourage early migrants to be on their way.
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>))
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