Date: 9/23/17 8:17 pm
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Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (23 Sep 2017) 128 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 6 6
Osprey 0 138 138
Bald Eagle 3 65 65
Northern Harrier 2 38 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 48 628 628
Cooper's Hawk 4 62 62
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 9
Broad-winged Hawk 61 8678 8678
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 7 90 90
Merlin 2 52 52
Peregrine Falcon 1 14 14
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 24 24

Total: 128 9811 9811

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Alan Bostick, Betsy Smith, Henry Walters, Jerry Gonville,
Jon Woolf, Julie, Laurel, & Alden Brown, Michael Burgess,
Mike Gebo, with many more...


One by one, the White Mountains blended to invisibility with the thickening
haze. The wind was light out of the north, and a few cirrus were flung
about like haphazard cobwebs in various corners of the sky. The temperature
rose well into the 80s over the course of the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
A Broad-winged Hawk circling over the summit before 9am seemed like a good
omen, but the next two hours passed without a migrant. Finally, Mike asked
when we could expect to see the next bird, and within minutes,
broad-wingeds and Sharp-shinned Hawks began popping up over the
Lindboroughs, There was one small kettle of eight, but most of the day's
birds seemed to be traveling by twos and threes.

Non-raptor Observations:
Along with the usual assortment of aircraft, a paraglider was spotted far
to the east of the mountain this afternoon.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 1
Eastern Phoebe- 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 4
(yellow) Palm Warbler- 1
Blackpoll Warbler- 2
warbler sp.- 2

Monarch Butterfly- 3

Tomorrow is expected to be even warmer with temperatures that could top out
around 90F. The wind will again be light out of the north, and there may
not be much of anything by way of cloud cover. Clarry Hill reported 100s of
broad-wingeds moving late in the day. Perhaps the north wind will carry
them to our neck of the woods.
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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