Observation start time: 07:15:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 9.25 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Alan Bostick, Andre Moraes, Glen & Lori Chretien, Jane Fiske, Janet Delaney, Meade Cadot, Mike Gebo, Tom Delaney, with many more...
Weather: The sun nearly had the sky to itself this morning, with just a handful of distant clouds scattered far about the edges of a crystalline bowl. In a repeat of yesterday, the air gradually filled with cumulus, then cleared, though this time the blackening bellies of the clouds did not send us scrambling to cover optics and secure data sheets against the rain. Temperatures rose to top out at 70, though there was a noticeable chill to the air whenever the sun was obscured. The wind was perfect- light out of the north for the duration of the count.
Raptor Observations: Hawks wasted no time this morning- testing the air almost as soon as the clock struck 9am. Mini kettles of 3-13 rose on either side of the ridge, accipiters joining broad-wingeds while Bald Eagles and Ospreys seemed to prefer to keep to themselves. The largest kettle of the day formed over the summit parking lot, 251 birds strong. During the most overcast section of the day, we watched birds rise into the clouds and out of site, hinting that there could be many other migrants passing unobserved high overhead.
Predictions: Favorable winds again tomorrow, blowing out of the NW at 5-10mph. There might be some fog over the rivers to start the day, but it should burn off quickly with temperatures rebounding to the 70s after dropping to the 40s overnight. Sites to our north were reporting hundreds of Broad-winged Hawks late in the afternoon. It should be another excellent day! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org