Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill LaFleche, Bill Rasku, Kathy Olson, Mark Letizi, Marty McNamara, Steve Olson, Ted Mara
Visitors: Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara, Bill LaFleche, Mark Letizi, George Russell, Marty McNamara, Rod Chase, Steve and Kathy Olson. Also onboard: newcomers Maggie Debbie, Vito LaMura, Amy Wager, and Rick Thibault. Hi, as well, to John and Linda.
Pleasant day for the moderate flow of hikers and others who summited the hill.
Weather: A variable breeze that started from the North and ended from East while making a multitude of shifts thru the day. Speed was 6-8mph for 2 hours before falling off to 3-5 and 0-3mph all afternoon. This drop allowed the sun to warm things up from morning's 53F to 62F at 2pm. Visibility was 10 mi. all day while the all blue sky finally lost 10% to thin cumulus puffs and a few higher clouds.
Raptor Observations: Raptors went by mostly in 1's and 2's except for one push of TV's in the 9am hour. In the slow last hour we all had bino's on, presumably, the last bird of the day. A single sharpie was close in front when dive-bombed by a larger bird from above. We simultaneously focused on the aggressor and eyes popped! It was our first Northern Goshawk since 2014. BE's: both immature, one at 11:00 and one at 1:52.
Locals: Ad. BE appeared in NE at least 4 times. Also, an imm. BE to north. TV's 15, RT's 9.
Non-raptor Observations: Local: 3 Crows made a rare visit on the summit . Also, 16 Common Ravens up and around. Migrating: 1 Loon, 470 Canada Geese. Monarchs: 6.
Predictions: Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 43. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Tuesday Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 69. Light and variable wind. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw