Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 15:45:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Henry Walters
Observers: Al Grimstad, Bill Preston, Julie Brown, Krishna Mangipudi, Tom Baillio
Visitors: Minneapolis, MN, and Wilmington, NC, sent envoys to the hawkwatch today, but the possibility of an even more far-flung embassy was raised when Al Grimstad spotted a spherical white object that was neither aircraft, parachute, hot-air balloon, weather balloon, birthday balloon, nor any other known aeronautical body. A moon jellyfish floating 1,000 feet up against a contrail, neither rising nor falling, and growing slightly nearer (against the prevailing wind direction). A passing osprey distracted us, and when we looked back, the object had disappeared. We can only express our gratitude for this brief but certain vision of a representative of the angelic orders. 40 flesh-and-blood visitors.
Weather: Morning fog gave way to a summery day with very still upper air. Sky was an impasto of contrails that wouldn't budge. Light south and south-west winds were not a factor.
Raptor Observations: The tempo of migration was slow, but a late burst of ospreys and bald eagles in the 2:00 hour revved us up a bit. A lovely female kestrel came streaking in to give Gina the Owl a wallop, only to sheer off daintily at the last second. Four peregrines (two adults and two juveniles) made us start measuring distance in horizon-lengths.
Non-raptor Observations: A Wood Thrush chucking lightly to himself among the spruce needles was a new bird to the hawkwatch this season. Other migrants included Yellow-rumped Warbler (8), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (4), Blackpoll Warbler, and one skein of 91 Canada Geese. Monarchs (7) continue their good showing.
Predictions: Another sunny one with light SW winds. Expect numbers similar to today's. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Henry Walters (<walters.henry...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org