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

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
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

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

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.

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.

Another sunny one with light SW winds. Expect numbers similar to today's.
Report submitted by Henry Walters (<walters.henry...>)
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