Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Phil Brown, Tom Baillio, Tom Delaney
Weather: Blue skies, fluffy white clouds, a steady but decreasing wind out of the west, who could ask for more? Today's conditions seemed like they would have been perfect for migration had the wind been a bit more northerly, at least until scattered showers began to kick up in the afternoon. Temperatures climbed through the 50s to the mid-60s, seeming to bounce a few degrees in either direction as soon as the sun went behind or emerged from a cloud.
Raptor Observations: Sharp-shinned Hawks were riding the updrafts down the ridge, zipping through around eye-level like brown meteorites being chased by their tails. Still no sign of a migrant falcon yet this season....
Non-raptor Observations: A small pack of coyotes unknowingly serenaded a similar-sized group of hawk watchers early this afternoon, yipping and howling from somewhere on the north side of the mountain.
Predictions: Clear morning skies will give way to clouds and a chance of passing showers by the end of the day. The wind will be light out of the northwest to start, increasing to 5-10mph and becoming more northerly as the day wears on. Temperatures will be in the 50s to low 60s. The change in the wind could bring the first kettles of Broad-winged Hawks! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org