Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: David Baum, Dr. Jonathan Atwood, Julie Brown, Meade Cadot, Mike Gebo, Miki Foley, Nancy Moreau, Phil Brown, Sharon Harvell, Tom Baillio, Tom Delaney, Wendy Ward, with many more...
Visitors: Road Scholars, Massachusetts Audubon staff, and Tom Delaney's hiking group were among the day's 96 visitors. Thank you, everyone who joined us and helped pick birds out of the sky!
Weather: Far beyond Monadnock, one cirrus cloud became several, and by mid-afternoon the entire sky was a mosaic of snow and glacier meltwater. The air felt like anything but the highlands of Alaska, with temperatures brushing 80 and the sun reflecting off the rocks underfoot. The light NW wind gradually shifted to come straight out of the west by day's end.
Raptor Observations: Birds took there time getting started again today, with a single Broad-winged Hawk counted before 10am. Not long thereafter, kettles began to form to the north and east, starting small but building to 30+ birds by 11am. From then until 4pm, there seemed to be birds within view of the mountain every second, as thermals filed and emptied and streams of hawks drifted by, many pausing to kettle overhead. Bald Eagles fell shy of tying the single day record by one bird, mixing in with the broad-wingeds or forming their own single-species micro-kettles of twos and threes.
Predictions: Overcast skies, a high of 80F, 5-10mph SW wind, and a slight chance of a passing shower. Not ideal, but as long as the mountain isn't stuck in the clouds, there should be birds to see. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org