Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 8.75 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Al Grimstad, Don Stokes, Eric Masterson, Henry Walters, Howard Mansfield, Janet Delaney, Jerry Coffey, Lillian Stokes, Meade Cadot, Mike Gebo, Nancy Moreau, Sharon Harvell, Sy Montgomery, Wendy Ward, with many more...
Visitors: Students from Mountain Shadows 6th grade class timed their visit to the hawk watch perfectly, joining us for some of the busiest hours of the biggest day so far this season. There were 40 visitors in all, not counting the many four-legged friends roaming about.
Weather: The wind was lashing the mountain at 25-30mph to start the count, ripping leaves from the mountain ash trees with every gust. It calmed down to 15-20mph by late morning, and continued to die back slowly through the afternoon. There were a few blue streaks smeared through the overcast, with sunshine almost making it through midday before the cloud cover thickened again. The temperature came within a degree or two of 70F, not counting the wind chill.
Raptor Observations: A juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk was throwing caution and everything else in the wind this morning, launching itself into orbit around Gina before blowing back to the trees. Determined Broad-winged Hawks formed kettles 10-100 strong in the crooked, ephemeral thermals. Late in the day, a trio of Merlins settled in to chase each other and any other bird that wanted to join in the fun around the summit of North Pack. A Peregrine Falcon ventured over there for a time, then came back to Pack to harass the ravens and maybe spend some time searching for supper.
Predictions: Jose has stalled offshore, making tomorrow's forecast look like a near-repeat of today. Cloud cover will be just about total, there will be a 10-15mph NNE wind which may gust higher, and the temperature will again struggle to break out of the 60s. There is a slight chance of a passing shower in the afternoon, and there could be some valley fog to start the day. There should be plenty of migrants ready to capitalize on another day of favorable wind! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org