Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Cliff Otto, Miki Foley, Nancy Moreau, Phil and Alden Brown, Sharon Harvell
Weather: The wind dominated the day, blowing at 15-20mph out of the west to start, then shifting to come out of the SW. A few cirrus clouds were haphazardly splashed across the northern sky, and the temperature rebounded to the low 70s after starting the day in the 40s.
Raptor Observations: It was early afternoon before one of the local Red-tailed Hawks broke the string of raptorless hours. Lunchtime signaled the start of migrants rising into view, but the overall sense was that most birds looking to move must have been staying low to avoid the brisk southwesterlies aloft. None of the day's Peregrine Falcons could make it past North Pack without spending a few minutes tangling with the ravens.
Non-raptor Observations: Singing cicadas, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and a Blue-headed Vireo filled the ears with the retro music of summer. An assortment of skippers, a Painted Lady, and an Eastern Swallowtail added color to the muted landscape of reds and greens.
Predictions: Few clouds, a high in the 60s, and a 10-20mph breeze out of the west are what's in the forecast. Should be better conditions for migrants without the southerly component to the wind. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org