Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Brian Rusnica
Visitors: John Carter, Dan Friend, Tad Barney, Bob Callahan
Weather: Light NW winds in the morning, losing steam in the afternoon before becoming variable after 3pm EDT. Warm and sunny, icy blue skies for most of the morning, with some scattered cirrus clouds developing late in the day. Temps 56-75°F.
Raptor Observations: Despite favorable wind conditions early, a large flight was not visible from the Watatic hawkwatch today. A few streams of Broad-winged Hawks made their way south before noon, much lower in altitude than the previous 2 days' flight. Our largest group was just 25 birds at around 3:15pm EDT.
The newly-installed plastic decoy owl got its first visitor today. We watched a lanky buteo glide in below the horizon, right towards the East Summit, and were delighted as a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk came up over the tree line and passed the owl a menacing glance.
Non-raptor Observations: 10 Common Raven / 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Predictions: Warmer, party cloudy early and clearing late, with light winds from the WNW, becoming W winds later in the day. Decent enough conditions for more Broad-winged traffic. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Rusnica (<brian_rusnica...>) Mount Watatic information may be found at: http://massbird.org/EMHW/