Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Ann Howe, Colleen Tank, Dave Brown, Paul Roberts, Ted Mara
Visitors: Observers: Paul Roberts, Dave Brown, Colleen Tank, Blair Elzenbeck, Rod Chase, Ted Mara, Anne Howe, Bill Rasku, Merrimac Bird Club's Bill, Evelyn, Mike and Ron, Lynn, Meghan Gately and Matt Bullus, Mark Milnamow, Pat Kelly, Tom Gottschang with Suzanne and Karen, Ursula and Dave Goodine, Christine Restell, Judy Gordon, John Cannizzo. Also: Artie and Danielle McDermott with Allison, Gail and Jay Cormier, Mark Burns, Jerry and Jan Burke, Rich and Cheryl, Laura delaFlor, Mark Burns.
Weather: At start: NE breeze 0-3mph/0-5kph; all blue except N-W horizon had cumulus,5% overcast; Vis. 20mi/32km. Temps increased approx.1 degree/hr. thru day, slowed by the advance of cloud cover. By noon: overcast 80% with large cumulus; north breeze died off (0-3mph) and flight slowed as well.
Raptor Observations: Many high altitude flights and peels today -- up and into cloud bases. What did we miss above them? At midday many BW's were feasting on bugs waaay up there. Black Vulture, 3 NH's and passing ML all firsts of year. 21 BE's is Wachusett's 2nd highest day's count ever!
Predictions: Sunny, with a high near 78. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw