Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Marie Matrano, Mark Timmerman, Michael Burgess, Mike Gebo, Tom Baillio, Tom Delaney
Visitors: Many of the day's 154 visitors lingered at the platform; soaking in the day's perfect weather, asking questions, and swearing to return in a week or two as migration ramps up.
Weather: The weather could not have been more beautiful at the mountain. Wisps of cirrus caressed the sky, thickening to a snowy veil late in the day to hint of the coming rain. A light northerly breeze died away and turned variable through the afternoon, blowing just enough to push around migrating Monarch Butterflies. Temperatures rose from the upper 40s in the morning to the low 70s before dropping back to the 60s as the sun faded behind the building cloud cover.
Raptor Observations: Broad-winged Hawks were rising by ones and twos, a nearly even split between adults and hatch-year birds. Most of today's birds were distant, the plentiful thermals in the valley and lack of a strong wind to create orographic lift making the Wapack less of a magnet than it often is.
Non-raptor Observations: A juvenile White-winged Crossbill stopped by the hawk watch long enough to pose for pictures and pry open one of a multitude of spruce cones.
Predictions: Rain ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org