Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8.25 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Cindy Reid, Kim Tuttle, Paul Bourgault, Robert Vallieres, Tom McShane
Visitors: One-hundred and eighteen. It was great to see so many friendly faces, both old friends and new! A mellow day hanging out and counting a few migrants.
Weather: Pretty much overcast the whole day, actually a bit chilly due to stronger than anticipated winds, from the N to the NE. This led to poor thermal development.
Raptor Observations: I was hoping for a 1000+ day, but we got less than 100. Still, there were 10 species counted, if you include the local TVs and Red-tails. It was a decent harrier and kestrel day. Many raptors were low and moving by quickly.
Non-raptor Observations: Continuing Catbird, Lincoln's Sparrow, Indigo Buntings, etc along the orchard edge. Several Herring Gulls, a skein of Canada Geese, and an adult Common Loon - most of these heading north. One pipit flew over, calling. Five Monarchs.
Predictions: Warmer and sunnier (well, that's what I said about today) but with light winds. I think we may have a very good day if the winds don't totally stop. A few clouds to see raptors against would be totally cool. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org