Date: 9/12/17 5:13 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (11 Sep 2017) 4935 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 10 34 37
Bald Eagle 8 43 46
Northern Harrier 1 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 45 57
Cooper's Hawk 1 23 27
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 4894 6233 6264
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 19 19
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Accipiter 1 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 9 9

Total: 4935 6423 6477
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill LaFleche, Bill Rasku, Colleen Tank, Dave Brown,
Kevin Ryan, Paul Roberts

Visitors:
Observers: Paul Roberts, Dave Brown, Kevin Ryan,
Mark Morris, Bill Rasku, Colleen Tank, Rod Chase,
Bill LaFleche, Christie Restell, Susan Williamson,
Ursula and Dave Goodine, George Cove, Mike Beath,
Steve Farrell, Mark Milnamow, Joseph Drega, Marty
McNamara, Steve and Kathy Olson
Also: Terry Cummings, Kyle and Lori Damon, Dan from
Westport and Peter from Swansea, Don Richardson
and others were welcomed.


Weather:
8am: NW wind 5-8mph/8-13kph, 58F/14C, light haze low
and high but 0% overcast, Visibility10mi/16km. A little more wind at 9
(5-10mph,gusts to 15) and number of birds had an 'uptick'. but this backed
off by 10am to original speeds; by 11am down to 3-5mph(5-8kpm) and was from
N. Temp62F/17C.)
At noon: 64F/18C and 10% overcast.
After 1pm, winds dropped to 0-3mph/0-5kpm, temp. peaked 2pm at 66F/19C,
wind NW 2pm on, 40% o/c.
This is when the real fun surprised us!!

Raptor Observations:
Up until 2pm our hourly counts ranged from 45 to 451 (9am hour highest,
8am & 12pm lowest). Most kettles formed and quickly blew apart.
Then at 3pm the skies filled with BW's in huge peels and
groups of 250, 370,515, 650 with a steady supply of smaller groups high and
low! 2700+ BW's in a 1/2 hr. stretch in middle
of hour; 3148 birds for the hour and a most beautiful kettle near the end
from ground to clouds in the west!!
In the last hour: not one bird of any kind in the sky; there was a perched
Eastern phoebe ...

BE's: ad.9:00, 2nd yr.9:08, imm.9:45 & 10:01, ?@11:30,
imm.12:02, imm.3:05, and juv.3:15.
Locals: RT 7, TV's 9, ML 1.

Non-raptor Observations:
Great Blue heron fly-by and a series of Loon calls
opened the day. Pileated Woodpecker fly-by at noon.
5 Monarchs today.

Predictions:
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 81. West wind 5 to 11 mph.
Kind of warm? West wind? We'll see.

Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 78.
Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


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