Date: 9/22/17 7:14 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (22 Sep 2017) 280 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 6 6
Osprey 6 138 138
Bald Eagle 1 62 62
Northern Harrier 2 36 36
Sharp-shinned Hawk 39 580 580
Cooper's Hawk 6 58 58
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 9
Broad-winged Hawk 205 8617 8617
Red-tailed Hawk 1 4 4
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 16 83 83
Merlin 1 50 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 13 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 1 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 24 24

Total: 280 9683 9683
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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.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 5
Herring Gull- 1
Great Black-backed Gull- 1
Ceder Waxwing~ 30
American Robin- 4
passerine sp.- 3

Monarch Butterfly- 3

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!
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Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=320


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