Date: 9/21/17 7:51 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (21 Sep 2017) 2010 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 6 6
Osprey 11 132 132
Bald Eagle 11 61 61
Northern Harrier 4 34 34
Sharp-shinned Hawk 93 541 541
Cooper's Hawk 14 52 52
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 9
Broad-winged Hawk 1836 8412 8412
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 22 67 67
Merlin 13 49 49
Peregrine Falcon 2 13 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 4 22 22

Total: 2010 9403 9403

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...

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.

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.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor Migrants:
Common Loon- 2
Double-crested Cormorant- 28
American Pipit- 1
Blackpoll Warbler- 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 1
Cape May Warbler- 1
Palm Warbler- 2
warbler sp.- 15
finch sp- 6

Monarch Butterfly- 15

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...>)
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