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.) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw