Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Ken Bednars, Mike Bourgault, Paul Bourgault, Phil Brown
Visitors: This is the 10th continuous year of counting raptors and other migrants at the Carter Hill Observatory - certainly an important milestone, and a multitude of thanks is due to all the donors, volunteers, visitors, staff and other supporters who have made this possible! A special thank you as well to the Larocque family for hosting us at your home and business! About 136 people braved the wind on the platform to admire the landscape, spend quality time with friends and family, and look for and chat about raptors, migration, and nature.
Weather: Mostly cloudy, cool and blustery - and actually downright cold to start. Winds from the NW in the high teens, gusting to near 30mph by late morning, but easing to the low teens by the afternoon (but still gusty). Temperatures ranged from the low 50's to the mid-60's, but it felt like it was in the 40's during the morning hours.
Raptor Observations: Single migrants of several species (Osprey, adult Bald Eagle at 11:15, and a Sharpie), along with a small handful of Broad-wings, migrating singly. Local birds, including Bald Eagles (at least two pairs of adults and an immature), Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's and Sharpies, and Turkey Vultures gave us something interesting to look at for most of the day.
Non-raptor Observations: Highlights include Nashville & Black-throated Green Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Scarlet Tanagers, Bobolinks, Least Flycatcher, RT Hummingbirds, Barn Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings and even a migrating Monarch. Two adult loons, probably a local pair, gave a spectacular show calling and circling around the orchard in the morning. Thirty-one species or birds were recorded for the day.
Predictions: Light NW winds and sunny skies should predominate - we should have higher numbers of migrants unless the winds peter out altogether, but in the very least we should enjoy a most pleasant Saturday outside. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org