Date: 9/13/17 7:06 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (12 Sep 2017) 252 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 20 64 64
Bald Eagle 3 26 26
Northern Harrier 6 17 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 42 139 139
Cooper's Hawk 2 16 16
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 160 2502 2502
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 16 16
Merlin 7 14 14
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4

Total: 252 2810 2810

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter: Henry Walters

Observers: Al Grimstad, Cynthia Nichols, Julie Brown, Mike Gebo,
Nancy Moreau, Sharon Harvell, Tom Baillio, Wendy Ward,
with many more...

Not one of us here on Pack Monadnock has a competitive bone in his or her
body, which is why we were delighted to hear of the 9,000+ broad-wings
eclipsing Mt. Wachusett in the past two days, though they couldn't be
bothered to put in an appearance in New Hampshire. Certain mention perhaps
was made, in whispered tones, of "that mountain to the south hoovering up
all the hawks within fifty miles," but we took solace in the sun's warmth,
Julie's peaches, Mike's brownies, and our own clear consciences. 38
visitors to the hawkwatch today.

Hot and hazy, with light winds turning from NW to SW during the course of
the day. Birds not getting a great deal of lift, despite the warm
temperatures. A low-lying stratum of ozone didn't help the visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Broad-wings refused to get organized today, popping up in twos and threes
all around the horizon, but with no clear flight-line or sense of civic
engagement. This new generation and their rugged individualism...

Other species picked up the slack, though, with good numbers of ospreys,
harriers, and small falcons coming through. A gray ghost low in the
Contoocook valley made us shout, and adult and juvenile Red-shouldered
Hawks were something of a surprise this early in the season. A merlin
tormented an osprey halfway across the sky with its antics; when he finally
peeled off to catch dragonflies, you could almost hear the osprey, resuming
its dignified bearing, mutter under its breath, "The nerve!"

Non-raptor Observations:
Passerine migrants included Tree Swallow, Northern Parula, Tennessee,
Black-and-white, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Three shorebirds too distant to
identify. American Lady and Painted Lady butterflies, along with Monarch
and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar
moseyed around the platform in his clownish costume.

With very light winds and a good bit of sun in the days ahead, there's no
clear weather trend to indicate an obvious candidate for the "Big Day."
Come up when you can!
Report submitted by Henry Walters (<walters.henry...>)
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