Date: 9/3/17 3:48 pm
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Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (02 Sep 2017) 45 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 02, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 6 6
Bald Eagle 4 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 8 8
Cooper's Hawk 1 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 28 33 33
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 1 1 1

Total: 45 57 57

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

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.

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.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Double-crested Cormorant- 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 7
Black-throated Green Warbler- 1
warbler sp.- 8
American Goldfinch- 1
Red-winged Blackbird- 9

Monarch Butterfly- 17

Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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