Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Brian Rusnica
Visitors: Mike Koechlin, Tom Nallen, Dick Staub.
Weather: Warm with ice blue cloudless skies all day, a light W wind that trended toward WSW in the afternoon. Temps 56-78°F.
Raptor Observations: An explosive 2 hours, from 11am-1pm EDT carried today's count. We had some of the best looks at Broad-winged Hawks thus far this season, with low altitude kettles and streams visible naked-eye from the summit. Groups of 100, 120, 75 and finally 250 wowed our visitors today. In general, the flight was lower and headed very much into the westerly winds. The afternoon numbers dropped off severely after 1:30pm EDT.
A sharp-shinned hawk made a pass at the plastic owl in the afternoon.
Non-raptor Observations: 10 Common Raven / 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Predictions: Warm and dry again, with increasing cloud cover in the afternoon. Winds forecasted as light, coming from the WNW and changing to WSW late. Sounds similar to today's weather. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Rusnica (<brian_rusnica...>) Mount Watatic information may be found at: http://massbird.org/EMHW/