Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Doug Bechtel, Mark Suomala, Maureen Joyce, Mike Bourgault, Pam Hunt, Paul Bourgault, Steve Manifold
Visitors: 231 - it was great spending time enjoying nature with old friends and new! Thanks for coming up.
Weather: Partly cloudy, a light west to northwest breeze, and temps from the low 50's to the low 70's. A perfect late-summer day in New England!
Raptor Observations: Similar to yesterday, but with an uptick in Broad-wings.
Non-raptor Observations: Highlights include a Pileated Woodpecker flying back and forth over the orchard, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, House Wren, Bobolinks in the farm fields, Canada Geese (skeins of 7 and 34), Common Nighthawks (6), a Great Blue Heron riding a thermal (and not taking a single flap), a Double-crested Cormorant, and a flock of three Tringa sp (yellowlegs) flying west. Thirty-six species of birds and three Monarchs. Just after 3pm a "mini-kettle" of three gliders entertained us and made us reflect on how birds not only inspire naturalists, but also aeronautical engineers!
Predictions: Looks like a rainout - the remnants of Hurricane Harvey should keep migrants grounded. Monday looks promising. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org