Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Ann Howe, Bill Rasku, Colleen Tank, Julie Roberts, Paul Roberts, Ted Mara
Visitors: Observers: Bill Rasku, Paul Roberts, Ted Mara, Ann Howe, Blaire Elzenbeck, Joe Bourget, Mark Morris, Colleen Tank, Tom Gottschang, Christine Restell, Tom McNamara, Julie Roberts, Dan Rossman, Rod Chase and whoever I missed.
Weather: Started with 50F/10C temps; sky clear55% overcast with clouds at N & W horizons. Visibility 10mi/16km. wind was NNW 4-6mph/6-10kph. Clouds filled in quickly and by 9am was 85% o/c. Wind 3-5 NNE the NE. 59F/15C and 95 o/c at 10am. Temp dropped a little tho' visibility to 20mi/32km at 12pm-1pm; winds still light and from North +/-. From 1-3 breezes shifted to NW and ending temp was 61F/16C and 85% overcast.
Raptor Observations: Note: Bulk of flight was between 11am and 1pm. First large kettles of BW's for this year were 196 at 11:50am and 310 from 12:20-12:30pm. Such a fine rush: many close and high overhead with kettles east, north and west. BE's: imm. 8:49; imm. male & female 10:12; 1 distant, 11:55; 1 imm. 12:02; 1 juv. 1:15; 2 adults, 2:09pm. (Local BE, imm. at 1:05.) Local RT 4, TV 8.
Non-raptor Observations: Local: Ravens 7. RT Hummingbirds 3; Monarchs 17: 2 late AM, 15 from 1-3pm.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Sunday: clear but increasing clouds, high near 70F, wind 5-7mph from North. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw