Date: 10/4/17 4:35 am
From: Daniel M. Keefe <daniel.keefe...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (03 Oct 2017) 55 Raptors
I'd be really curious if anyone hears more about the white object sighted.
Had a similar white circle high up here in Durham for several hours, very
slow moving, not apparently drifting. I thought maybe a weather balloon,
but even with nikons very hard to id.

Dan

On Tue, Oct 3, 2017, 6:02 PM <reports...> wrote:

> *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
>
>
> *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
> More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile
> <http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=320>] [Day Summary
> <http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=320&ryear=2017&rmonth=10&rday=03>]
> [Month Summary
> <http://hawkcount.org/month_summary.php?rsite=320&ryear=2017&rmonth=10>]
>
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