Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bob Secatore, Dan Rossman, Janet Kovner, Kathryn Chihowski, Matt Bollus, Nancy Given, Rod Chase, Tom Gottschang
Visitors: Observers: Janet Kovner, Nancy Given, Rod Chase, Bob Secatore, Nancy Chihowski, Matt Bolus, Tom Gottschang, Dan Rossman. Also: Chris Hege, Meghan Gately, Joe Ritacco, John Ryan, Jim McCoy, Jackie Boucher, Kathy and Jay Dia. Finally, anew and young enthusiast Tom Lupien with experienced parents Tom and Helen! Many hikers and visitors and pups on the hill today!
Weather: 7:30am to 4pm 8.5 hrs. All blue for most of the day with a 46F start gradually warming to 56F at 2pm. Winds were 5-10mph from North at start and 5-8 West at 4pm. Otherwise 0-5 from NNW for all hours in between. Hazy but not too bad.
Raptor Observations: To make Surprise Cake: Start with frost to the north causing birds to be ready to work to 'get out of Dodge'. Add a cool morning with a light and steady breeze from the NNW all morning. Bake under sun for 1.5 hours, then: Sprinkle with surprised observers who enjoyed come-and-go bursts of activity all day long. The Surprise: I was hoping for 41 birds and our 11,000th raptor of the year. 272/11,231 works fine!
Many birds flying low early then all heights after 10am. All PG's were immature. BE's: adult, 9:50; ad. 10:33; 2 ad.'s (male, female together), 11:50; 2 imm. (1 to E, 1 NW)), 12:45; 1 ad. plus 2 imm. travelling together, 3:25; also together 1 imm. & 1 sub-adult, 3:40.
Non-raptor Observations: Local raptors: TV 50+; RT: 8 up most of day; ML 1, BE 1. Non-raptors: 7 Common Ravens, 78 geese migrating. Monarchs:30.
Predictions: Tonight Clear, with a low around 42. Light northwest wind. Monday Sunny, with a high near 67. Light and variable wind becoming north around 5 mph.
Nice, but ... Clarry Hill zero in 12 hrs. today and Cadillac Mt. had 16 in 7 hrs. Glad we got birds today ..! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw