Date: 9/28/17 5:28 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (28 Sep 2017) 62 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 7 7
Osprey 5 163 163
Bald Eagle 3 76 76
Northern Harrier 1 43 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 710 710
Cooper's Hawk 3 71 71
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 14 14
Broad-winged Hawk 1 8717 8717
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 103 103
Merlin 7 62 62
Peregrine Falcon 2 20 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 27 27

Total: 62 10021 10021

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Al Grimstad, Henry Walters, Judd Nathan, Meade Cadot,
Nancy Moreau, Tom Baillio


What a change from yesterday! The day started with the temperature sitting
just below 60F and only rose 9 degrees through the afternoon. Morning
clouds cleared to the horizon, then drifted back overhead a little too late
to help with high-flying birds. The White Mountains were back between
Crotched and North Pack, all except for Mt. Washington which was lost
behind distant clouds. The northwest wind gusted for the duration, making
distant birds seem to dance in one's optics.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors were moving early, led off by a Sharp-shinned Hawk that was hunting
at the hawk watch upon the counter's arrival. The count slowed over the
next two hours, then gained momentum as anticipation rose for the passing
of the 10,000th bird of the season. 20 to go, 10, then 2. Bets were taken
as to what species of raptor would gain the title. The next raptor shot
through low and fast, not giving enough of itself away to be identified.
Breaths were held, the paths of distant goose skeins marked to count later,
then a small accipiter popped up in front and cruised to the south, winning
the bet for Judd. Moral of the story: never bet against a sharpie!

Non-raptor Observations:
The passing cold front was the signal that Canada Geese were looking for.
Skeins of 10-80 wove through the sky in shifting lines, "v's", and nearly
uncountable tangles.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 1274
goose sp.- 1
Double-crested Cormorant- 1
Blackpoll Warbler- 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 1

Monarch Butterfly- 16

It looks like a perfect day is in store for tomorrow with plenty of
sunshine and a 5-10mph northwest wind. Temperatures are expected to plummet
into the 40s overnight, then top out with a high of around 60F in the
afternoon. Between the cold front and chilly night, raptors should be ready
to travel!
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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