Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill LaFleche, Colleen Tank, Dave Brown, Paul Roberts, Rod Chase, Ted Mara, Ursula Goodine
Visitors: Observers: Ted Mara (AM compiler), Colleen Tank, Dave Brown, Bill LaFleche, Judy Davis, Herb Stone, Paul Roberts, George Russell, Judy DeHart, Marcus Rhodes, Ursula & Dave Goodine, Blair & Susan Elzenbeck, Christine Restell, Mary Caulway, and Joe Drega, Rod Chase. Also, a steady flow of visitors in AM and a trickle in late afternoon.
Weather: An extremely gusty day; at least winds from NNE to NE. Many birds seen, id'd when possible and gone in less than 60 seconds. The morning's cold was made brutal by the wind - tho' most on the deck were dressed for it. The wind and the western skies both lightened up a bit in the afternoon. However rain clouds and fog slowly advanced from SE until Worcester to Fitchburg was getting wet. Fortunately the slow last hour remained dry. I did need intermittent wipers driving home to the SW. Temps 53F to start rose to 60F at 2pm, then to 59 by 4pm. Visibility, at least NE to W, ranged from 3mi. in am to 5 mi. at 2pm and 10 mi at 3pm.
Raptor Observations: BE's: imm., 8:21; 2 imm.@ 9:15; adlt, 10:41; adlt, 11:29; adlt, 11:40; imm.,12:01; imm., 12:17lose . NH close by on east side; immature.
Local: RT 5, TV 12, ML 1.
Non-raptor Observations: Local: Common Ravens 5. Another neat, close, and eye-level Pileated fly-by. 1 Monarch.
Predictions: Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 83. North wind 5 to 7 mph. (Wish I wasn't working tomorrow...) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw