Observation start time: 06:15:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9.75 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Al Grimstad, Don Stokes, Dot Currier, Janet Delaney, Judd Nathan, Julie Brown, Lillian Stokes, Marie Matrano, Meade Cadot, Michael Burgess, Mike Gebo, Nancy Moreau, Phil and Alden Brown, Tom Delaney
Visitors: There were around 200 visitors today, including students from Antrim Elementary and Wilkins School.
Weather: The first day of fall dawned with near-gale force wind pummeling everything in its gusty path. It lost a little force for a few hours in the middle of the day, but not enough to allow any thermals to form or let anyone stray too far from their scopes. A line of blue tempted like a mirage far to the north, while the mountain stayed crushed under smothering stratus that scraped the top of Monadnock. The clouds gave the appearance of being an inverted ocean, frothed into waves that billowed and spilled over each other. For a couple of hours, showers threatened the mountain, but ended up skirting us to the north. The temperature struggled to gain 10 degrees after the day began at 55F.
Raptor Observations: The first bird of the day was an Osprey catching an updraft off the mountain promptly at 7:30am (EDT). American Kestrels followed closely in pairs and singles, and Broad-winged Hawks, resigned to another day without easy lift, began moving before 8am. With the onset of rain, the flight all but came to a standstill, and not a single bird was counted in the final hour.
Non-raptor Observations: White-throated Sparrows and some new Dark-eyed Juncos came in overnight. Songbird activity was kept to a minimum due to the blustery conditions.
Predictions: A return to summery weather is in store tomorrow. They're forecasting a light north wind, partly cloudy skies, and temperatures that could make a run at 80F. There are four Ospreys with transmitters making their way south from Newfoundland that might pass our way soon (check out the map on Squam Lakes Natural Science Center's web page for Project Osprey Track). Bring along some sunscreen and come join us to see what's moving! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org