Observation start time: 06:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Alan Bostick, Andre Moraes, Brian Rohde, Dot Currier, Louise Rohde, Mark Timmerman, Meade Cadot, Mike Gebo
Weather: Hazy and hot. Mount Kearsarge was the most distant peak viewable through the somewhat opaque past slathered across the horizon. Bees hung in the sluggish air, which occasionally roused itself into enough of a NW wind to stir the blushing maple leaves. We watched one small cumulus dissolve within moments of being spotted, replaced by two other distant cotton balls of cloud in the final minutes of the day. Temperatures rose to the mid-90s according to the weather station on the mountain; and it certainly felt like an accurate reading, at least with the heat index factored in.
Raptor Observations: The skies seemed busier with resident raptors than migrants for much of the day. The local Turkey Vulture gang is now 12 strong, and one of the immature Red-tailed Hawks couldn't resist tangling with a passing Bald Eagle, sending the eagle cartwheeling with a passing swoop. An hour of vultures, eagles, an adult Northern Goshawk, and a Peregrine Falcon all heading north made us start to wonder if we'd signed up for a spring hawk watch instead of fall.
Non-raptor Observations: Not a bad day for overall bird diversity with 38 species observed. A Ceder Waxwing made itself comfortable in one of the mountain ash trees, posing for pictures and admired through scope and binoculars by dozens of the day's visitors. It sat quietly for several hours, occasionally snacking on one of the berries growing within easy beak range. As the clock struck 5pm and we packed up our gear, it flew off to the southwest, its day of people watching over.
Non-raptor Migrants: Greater Yellowlegs- 4 Eastern Phoebe- 1 American Pipit- 1 Pine Warbler- 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler- 9 Blackpoll Warbler- 6 Black-throated Green Warbler- 2 Black-throated Blue Warbler- 1 (yellow) Palm Warbler- 1 warbler sp.- 4 Evening Grosbeak- 1 Purple Finch- 2 American Goldfinch- 1 passerine sp.- 2
Predictions: More of the same, only this time the wind will be out of the east and there's a better chance of some patchy morning fog. Slowly by slowly we're getting closer to counting the 10,000th migrant.... ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org