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
Visitors: 41 visitors. Many thanks for the great food and even better company!
Weather: 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.
Predictions: 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...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org