Date: 10/4/17 1:58 pm
From: Paul Bourgault <paulbourgault1...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (03 Oct 2017) 55 Raptors
It could also be the Google Balloon.
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 9:35:51 AM UTC-4, Iain Macleod wrote:
>
> I watched the object for more than an hour through my scope and took
> photos. It was drifting but very slowly. Based on my research it matched
> perfectly a super pressure balloon used by NASA for various research
> projects. Balloons like these are the size of football stadium and cruise
> above 100,000 feet.
> Based on the sightings, it was visible from anywhere in NH.
> Pretty cool!
>
> Iain MacLeod
> Ashland
>
> On Oct 4, 2017 7:35 AM, "Daniel M. Keefe" <daniel......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
>> 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 <rep......> <javascript:>> 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 (<walter......> <javascript:>)
>>> 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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