Date: 9/27/17 7:38 pm
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Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (27 Sep 2017) 14 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 6 6
Osprey 4 158 158
Bald Eagle 2 73 73
Northern Harrier 0 42 42
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 682 682
Cooper's Hawk 0 68 68
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 13 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 8716 8716
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 95 95
Merlin 0 55 55
Peregrine Falcon 2 18 18
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 25 25

Total: 14 9959 9959

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Mark Timmerman, Nancy Moreau, Sharon Harvell

41 visitors. Many thanks for the great food and even better company!

Another day of heat, though today wasn't as sizzling with temperatures
holding in the low 80s. A southwesterly breeze made up for being from an
unfavorable direction by blowing as diligently as a house fan. Most of the
day's cloud cover came in the form of growing numbers of cumulus, which
were suspended over mountains rendered invisible by the haze.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors seemed to be finding better things to do than migrate in a south
wind. A Peregrine Falcon, a Red-shouldered Hawk, and a Cooper's Hawk all
decided the place to be was over the peak of North Pack where they could
take turns chasing around the local ravens and vultures. The local
Red-tailed Hawks couldn't resist joining in the fun, and even American
Kestrels found a game of tag more to their taste than reaching the top of
their thermal.

Non-raptor Observations:
The raucous whistling of White-throated Sparrows and chatter of
Ruby-crowned Kinglets greeted the morning, while a Blue-headed Vireo sang a
few phrases from downslope. No one seemed to have a complaint about the
overnight migration conditions.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Pine Warbler- 1
Blackpoll Warbler- 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 8

Monarch Butterfly- 1

A long-awaited cold front is expected to move through overnight, bringing
the promise of seasonable temperatures and lowering humidity. There will be
a gusty, 15-20mph northwest wind which will bring an autumnal chill to the
air. This change in the weather should bring a strong push of migrants over
the next few days. Come join us!
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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