Date: 9/27/17 7:38 pm
From: <reports...>
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
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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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
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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.

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

Monarch Butterfly- 1

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!
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Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=320


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