Date: 10/3/17 6:39 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (03 Oct 2017) 26 Raptors
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:21:03 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (03 Oct 2017) 26 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, 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 1
Turkey Vulture 11 98 118
Osprey 2 11 129
Bald Eagle 0 13 104
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 30 256
Cooper's Hawk 4 15 97
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 15 102
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 26
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 4 61

Total: 26 352 11311
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Bill Rasku, Rod Chase

Visitors:
Observers: Rod Chase, Bill Rasku and Charlie Roach.
While leaving had a nice hawk-chat with Lynn and her
husband; first time to Wachusett.

One school group (well behaved and having fun) plus the many hikers and
drivers who enjoyed the mild day.


Weather:
Morning had low winds (0-5mph to 0-3, 0-1 by noon) slowly
shifting from SE to S. After noon, direction went to SW and picked up
again; 5-8 mph with some light gusts at end.
The sky was clear at start (light cumulus in east) but
60% overcast with cumulus that formed all around us.
Temp rose steadily from 53F at start to 61F at 12pm and
63F at 2pm.
The main strain today was the low haze--the "smoke from a western fire"
that has plagued visibility all year. Birds that were at horizon or below
were extremely hard to find & follow all day. True - we didn't expect a big
flight, but straining eyes to get a small one requires a sense of humor.
The increase in wind from SW slowed things further when
we shutdown.

Raptor Observations:
So three guys, each 'playing with half a deck', go out
to count hawks. After several hours they had tallied 26 - which is equal to
half a deck. Great. (No jokers, please.)

Locals: BE 2 (adult, immature), TV 9, RT 8, ML 1.
Merlin seen twice or the sibling pair is still around.


Non-raptor Observations:
Locals: Common Ravens 6.
Migrating Canada Geese 229.
Monarchs 4.

Predictions:
Tonight
Increasing clouds, with a low around 48. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to
7 mph in the evening.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high
near 76. Southwest wind around 8 mph.
(Worst direction, but if 8mph is max. then flight not impossible.)
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228



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<b>Wachusett Mountain</b><br>Princeton, Massachusetts, USA<br><br><table border=1><tr><td colspan=4 bgcolor=c0c0e0><b>Daily Raptor Counts: </b>Oct 03, 2017</td></tr><tr><td><b><font color=2020c0>Species</font></b></td><td><font color=2020c0>Day's Count</font></td><td><font color=2020c0>Month Total</font></td><td><font color=2020c0>Season Total</font></td></tr><tr><td>Black Vulture</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>1</td></tr>
<tr><td>Turkey Vulture</td><td align=right>11</td><td align=right>98</td><td align=right>118</td></tr>
<tr><td>Osprey</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>11</td><td align=right>129</td></tr>
<tr><td>Bald Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>13</td><td align=right>104</td></tr>
<tr><td>Northern Harrier</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>12</td></tr>
<tr><td>Sharp-shinned Hawk</td><td align=right>7</td><td align=right>30</td><td align=right>256</td></tr>
<tr><td>Cooper's Hawk</td><td align=right>4</td><td align=right>15</td><td align=right>97</td></tr>
<tr><td>Northern Goshawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>1</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-shouldered Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>2</td></tr>
<tr><td>Broad-winged Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>155</td><td align=right>10348</td></tr>
<tr><td>Red-tailed Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Rough-legged Hawk</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Golden Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>American Kestrel</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>15</td><td align=right>102</td></tr>
<tr><td>Merlin</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>17</td></tr>
<tr><td>Peregrine Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>4</td><td align=right>25</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Accipiter</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>2</td><td align=right>26</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Buteo</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>4</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Falcon</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>3</td><td align=right>8</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Eagle</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td><td align=right>0</td></tr>
<tr><td>Unknown Raptor</td><td align=right>1</td><td align=right>4</td><td align=right>61</td></tr>
<tr><td><b><font color=c02020>Total:</font></b></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>26</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>352</font></td><td align=right><font color=c02020>11311</font></td></tr></table><br><br><table cellspacing=2 cellpadding=2><tr><td>Observation start time: </td><td>08:30:00 </td></tr><tr><Td>Observation end time: </td><Td>13:00:00 </td></tr><tr><td>Total observation time: </td><td>4.5 hours</td></tr><tr><td>Official Counter</td><td>Rod Chase</td></tr><tr><td>Observers: </td><td>Bill Rasku, Rod Chase</td></tr></table><br><br><br><b>Visitors:</b><br> Observers: Rod Chase, Bill Rasku and Charlie Roach.
While leaving had a nice hawk-chat with Lynn and her
husband; first time to Wachusett.

One school group (well behaved and having fun) plus the many hikers and
drivers who enjoyed the mild day.<br><br><b>Weather:</b><br> Morning had low winds (0-5mph to 0-3, 0-1 by noon) slowly
shifting from SE to S. After noon, direction went to SW and picked up
again; 5-8 mph with some light gusts at end.
The sky was clear at start (light cumulus in east) but
60% overcast with cumulus that formed all around us.
Temp rose steadily from 53F at start to 61F at 12pm and
63F at 2pm.
The main strain today was the low haze--the "smoke from a western fire"
that has plagued visibility all year. Birds that were at horizon or below
were extremely hard to find & follow all day. True - we didn't expect a big
flight, but straining eyes to get a small one requires a sense of humor.
The increase in wind from SW slowed things further when
we shutdown.<br><br><b>Raptor Observations:</b><br> So three guys, each 'playing with half a deck', go out
to count hawks. After several hours they had tallied 26 - which is equal to
half a deck. Great. (No jokers, please.)

Locals: BE 2 (adult, immature), TV 9, RT 8, ML 1.
Merlin seen twice or the sibling pair is still around.
<br><br><b>Non-raptor Observations:</b><br>Locals: Common Ravens 6.
Migrating Canada Geese 229.
Monarchs 4.<br><br><b>Predictions:</b><br> Tonight
Increasing clouds, with a low around 48. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to
7 mph in the evening.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high
near 76. Southwest wind around 8 mph.
(Worst direction, but if 8mph is max. then flight not impossible.) <br><br><hr>Report submitted by Rod Chase (<a href="mailto:<rodchase...>"><rodchase...></a>)<br>Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: <a href="www.massbird.org/emhw">www.massbird.org/emhw</a><br>More information at <a href="http://hawkcount.org">hawkcount.org</a>: [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228">Site Profile</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=228&ryear=2017&rmonth=10&rday=03">Day Summary</a>] [<a href="http://hawkcount.org/month_summary.php?rsite=228&ryear=2017&rmonth=10">Month Summary</a>]<br><br><hr><br>



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