Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Ann Rehlander, Dick DeSeve, Doug Bechtel, Gail McPeek, Joan McKibben, Ken Bednars, Kim Tuttle, Maureen Joyce, Mike Bourgault, Paul Bourgault, Robert Vallieres, Steve Manifold, Sylvia Miskoe, with many more....
Visitors: One-hundred and sixty, including 87 eigth-graders and 7 teachers and adults from the McLaughlin School in Manchester. Thanks all for visiting and sharing the raptor experience with us today at Carter Hill! Thanks again to the Carter Hill regulars and occasionals who helped greatly :^)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, but with plenty of light getting through, creating thermals. Light to moderate NNW to NE winds. Temps from the upper 60s to the upper 70s. Great weather for being outside. Great clouds for spotting raptors.
Raptor Observations: A very nice day. Not the four-figure day I was hoping for but any day approaching 500 total migrant raptors is nothing to complain about. Notable moments were a ten-minute stretch between 2:40 and 2:50 pm, when a pair of adult Bald Eagles followed a group of 13 Broad-wings as they kettled up, then glided to the SW.... quickly followed by an adult and an immature Bald Eagle doing the same with a group of five Broad-wings. The 4:00 to 5:00 pm hour was generous with American Kestrels, nine being seen in all corners of the sky, keeping us on our toes.
Non-raptor Observations: The winds this morning drove much songbird activity to the pond area, where there was at least one White-throated and one Swamp Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Parula, Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos, and a White-breasted Nuthatch. Local Catbird continues, but hummingbirds have not been seen in a few days. Another late Chimney Swift, 16 Canada Geese, a Pileated Woodpecker, and the usual frugivores and corvids kept things fun during raptor-less stretches. Eleven Monarchs were spotted today.
Predictions: Looks good again - partly cloudy, and NNE winds, perhaps a bit gentler. Are there enough Broad-wings north of us to grant Carter Hill at least one 1000+ migrant day? Please come and help, and find out (a self-fulfilling prophecy). Bring your spare eyes. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org