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
Weather: 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.
Predictions: 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...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org