Observation start time: 10:00:00 Observation end time: 17:15:00 Total observation time: 7.25 hours
Official Counter: Henry Walters
Observers: Al Grimstad, Cynthia Nichols, Nancy Moreau, Tom Baillio
Visitors: A great bunch of observers kept the sky covered while the counter gave crude crew cuts to a few of the spruces shading out our horizon. 16 other visitors to the platform, not counting a number of hickory tussock moth caterpillars (Lophocampa caryae). They seem to be everywhere this September, dapper black and white fellows sporting large black tufts on either end. Don't handle them, as they can dole out a serious rash.
Weather: Strong southwest winds sabotaged observation today, pushing in a warm, wet haze that limited visibility and kept all but the largest migrants down too low for sight.
Raptor Observations: A few ospreys managed to sneak above the ridgetops briefly before sinking down out of the wind. One juvenile eagle gave us a flash of its white armpits on its way by.
Non-raptor Observations: Hummingbirds, undeterred by south winds, matched the mighty raptors today, 9 of them whipping through during the course of the day. Chimney Swift (4), Tree Swallow (4), Northern Flicker, and a Black-throated Green Warbler were other migrants of note. Around noon a flock of 15 dowitcher-sized shorebirds flashed past to the east, too fast to be properly seen. Butterflies: one monarch in transit, and a couple white admirals feeding on the meadowsweet.
Predictions: Rain and thunder--stay home and keep a roof over your head tomorrow. Forecasts are changing quickly, but Thursday may turn out to be a good day. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Henry Walters (<walters.henry...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org