Date: 9/5/17 2:57 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (05 Sep 2017) 9 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 05, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 19 19
Bald Eagle 1 7 7
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 10 10
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1 37 37
Red-tailed Hawk 0 2 2
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 2 2

Total: 9 84 84

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

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.

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.

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...>)
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