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. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw