Date: 10/3/17 3:02 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (03 Oct 2017) 55 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 3 3 10
Osprey 11 19 186
Bald Eagle 4 23 101
Northern Harrier 0 4 48
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 96 828
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 79
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 11 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 8739
Red-tailed Hawk 8 11 17
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 2 15 123
Merlin 4 10 77
Peregrine Falcon 4 8 28
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 2
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 1 3 30

Total: 55 234 10299
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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.
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Report submitted by Henry Walters (<walters.henry...>)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=320


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