Date: 9/29/17 6:24 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (28 Sep 2017) 66 Raptors
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:16:47 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (28 Sep 2017) 66 Raptors

Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 11 11 11
Osprey 4 108 111
Bald Eagle 4 87 90
Northern Harrier 1 11 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 200 212
Cooper's Hawk 6 78 82
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 5 10157 10188
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 85 85
Merlin 2 16 16
Peregrine Falcon 2 21 21
Unknown Accipiter 1 22 22
Unknown Buteo 1 3 4
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 9 54 54

Total: 66 10861 10915
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill LaFleche, Bob Secatore, Dave Brown, John Cannizzo,
Julie Roberts, Paul Roberts, Peter Vale

Visitors:
Observers: Paul and Julie Roberts, Peter and Faye Vale,
Greg and Judy McGuane, John Meskowskus, Bill LaFleche,
Bob Secatore, John Cannizzo, Matt Bollus, Dave Sousa,
Ed Armstrong, Dawn Smith, Ian Robinson, John Jones,
Glen Davis, Marty McNamara, Sam Miller, George Russell,
Dominick Pacelli, Ruth Leibe, Shirley Hamblin, Rod Chase.


Weather:
8am-3:45pm (EST), 7 hrs. 45min.
Today's temp. started at 64F, crept up to 66F at 10am
when the cold front won out: we returned to 64F by noon.
Wind direction varied NW thru N all day. Wind speed at
3-10mph first hour before ramping up before 11am to
10-20mph with gusts to 25. A decrease after 1pm to 5-15
and only occasional 15mph gusts.
Visibility 10 mi all day; haze the lightest we've seen
in weeks. Cloud cover 15% to 10% late.

Raptor Observations:
First signs of the TV's getting into gear (11) today,
surpassed only by the SS's. Ten species passed today,
some very close but vast majority so distant that 11
raptors were unidentified.
Winds did produce some rapid arrivals and departures.
Near birds tucked in and gyroscopically trying to get
more speed and height out of every gust.

4 BE's: 1 ad., 1:02; 2 ad.'s at 1:35; 1 imm. at 1:46.

Locals: 3 ad.BE, 1 imm. BE, 6 TV's, 5 RT's, 1 ML.

Non-raptor Observations:
A great day for goose counters? ... 1305 Canada Geese passed in various
size skeins all day.
Locals: 5 Common Ravens.

Predictions:
Similar to today except lower wind speed, fewer clouds?
"Sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph."
(Saturday's prediction currently showers likely; hope that
changes.)
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


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