Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 16:45:00 Total observation time: 9.25 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Cynthia Nichols, Glen & Lori Chretien, Janet Delaney, Judd Nathan, Marie Matrano, Mark Timmerman, Michael Burgess, Mike Gebo, Tom Delaney, Tom Warren
Weather: The day dawned with temperatures hovering just under 50F, a fresh breeze blowing out of the northwest, and partly cloudy skies. Cumulus shoved and jostled their way overhead, squishing out all but a few pockets of blue by early afternoon and dropping a few pockets of drizzle before partially clearing to end the day.
Raptor Observations: Two Ospreys started off the day, rising together and letting any migrant within view that there was lift to be had. Before long, Sharp-shinned Hawks and small groups of Broad-winged Hawks began to lift from the valley. A Merlin streaked by later in the morning, the first countable falcon of the season. Both of our other expected falcon species came past a short while later, the two Peregrine Falcons skirting close to Pack. 54 Broad-winged Hawks were counted by 1pm (EDT), a respectable count for this early in the season, but things were about to change. Over the next two hours, kettles grew from 7 birds, to 20 birds, to 60 birds, to well over 100 birds, setting a new record for a flight this large this early in the season.
Non-raptor Observations: Warblers filled the morning skies with small forms and chip notes after a night of migration. Most were past the mountain or settled into the trees before the first raptors of the day began to rise. Two Common Nighthawks foraged in front of a towering thunderhead over North Pack late in the day.
Non-raptor migrants: Canada Goose- 4 Common Loon- 1 Great Blue Heron- 1 Chimney Swift- 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 10 Common Nighthawk- 2 Tree Swallow- 2 Barn Swallow- 5 Black-throated Green Warbler- 3 Blackpoll Warbler- 6 Cape May Warbler- 1 Northern Parula- 4 Blackburnian Warbler- 1 Tennessee Warbler- 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler- 2 warbler sp.- 32 Purple Finch- 1 passerine sp- 2
Monarch Butterfly- 23
======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org