Observation start time: 10:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Isabel Gottlieb, Judd Nathan, Ken Bednars, Maureen Joyce
Visitors: A total of 52 visitors came up to the platform. Last season's counter Isabel Gottlieb stopped by with friends and family in the morning, greeted by a couple of Northern Harriers circling overhead. The massive translucent balloon noted at Pack Monadnock RMO and by other observers around the state was also visible (and documented) from the orchard as it passed by to the east.
Weather: Cracks began to appear in the ubiquitous fog just as the clock struck 11am (EDT), bringing Horse Hill and a glimmer of overhead blue into view. Within the hour, the fog was gone, and the partly cloudy sky all but lost its streaks of cirrus by the end of the day. There was a steady 5-10mph southerly wind, and the temperature brushed 70F in the afternoon.
Raptor Observations: Almost as soon as the fog had lessened enough to see them, raptors began to rise around the orchard. Small accipiters and little falcons dominated the count for the next three hours, with a smattering of other species mixing in. By the middle of the afternoon, birds seemed to be less ambitious about covering ground in a south wind.
Non-raptor Observations: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW spotted by Phil at the end of the day was best find among the 49 species observed. Other highlights included a flock of 300 Common Grackles foraging in the far corner of the orchard, 7 White-crowned Sparrows, 9 Lincoln's Sparrows, and 3 Indigo Buntings.
Monarch Butterfly- 11 ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org