Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Brian Rusnica
Visitors: Judd Nathan, Jim Shannon, Ron Suduiko
Weather: Warm with little wind to speak of most of the day - a W/WSW breeze came through in the afternoon. Clear skies became partly cloudy by afternoon - a welcome reprieve from the searing sun. Temps 63-83°F.
Raptor Observations: A productive morning with several good-sized groups of Broad-winged Hawks forming kettles and getting lift early. The action tapered off until we had a great line of Broad-wings between 1 and 2pm EDT - streaming in low, directly over the east summit and kettling up over the true summit. An immature Bald Eagle mixed in to the kettle, providing a comical size comparison. After 2pm, the migrant count dropped off severely as the winds turned towards the SW, much like yesterday afternoon. Judd Nathan and I were treated to an extended dogfight between two evenly-matched Merlin around 2:30pm.
The decoy owl (new nickname: "Margaret") had a busy day, drawing visits from an American Kestrel, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and 2 Merlins. Both the sharpie and the kestrel left "afterburner" flight noises as they passed us.
Non-raptor Observations: Flying ants were problematic at the summit for a few minutes as the wind died late morning. We've had worse ant blooms, but never fun to be inundated with these frenzied bugs.
15 Common Raven
Predictions: Humid, cloudy with a chance of showers throughout the day. Likelihood of showers increases late, but hopefully they will hold off till after the watch. Winds predicted to be light from the WSW. Probably not a banner day, but we'll find out! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Rusnica (<brian_rusnica...>) Mount Watatic information may be found at: http://massbird.org/EMHW/