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...
Weather: 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.
Predictions: 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...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org