Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill Rasku
Visitors: Observers Rod Chase and Bill Rasku with fabulous assistance from Mark and Julie Morris, also Steve-from-Hudson. Tom Pirro hiked by saying Hi, as did frequent visitors Don Richardson, Joe and 'Sammy' the beautiful Samoyed, and Bill R's friend John. Steve from Hudson and others also up. Estimate Labor Day visitors between 2000-2500 folks.
Weather: At start: Winds 16kph/10mph but gusting over 32/20. Wind was from W and moved wnw before gradually going back to W and WSW late in day. Velocity slowly waned to 8-13kph/5-8mph with only occasional gusts. Temp 12C/54F and rose steadily to 18C/64F at 3pm. Overcast was 80% all day. Haze low (VIS. 16km/10mi); a layer of low, fast moving clouds streaked 1000ft. over our heads from NW while a layer of cirrus at 4 or 5 thousand ft. barely moved at all thru the day as it evaporated away.
Raptor Observations: Early flight low, though a local pair of adult BE's at 10:05 had no problem getting serious altitude while wandering from SW to N. When the wind backed off and the air warmed a little a few BW's took the higher route while ospreys glided and sharpies worked thru at or below eyelevel.
Non-raptor Observations: Besides the 2 local BE's we saw the Merlin twice -- west side and later on east side. TV 10, TR 6.
Predictions: Cloudy through mid morning, then becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. OUCH! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw