Date: 10/5/17 5:05 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (04 Oct 2017) 10 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 3 10
Osprey 1 20 187
Bald Eagle 0 23 101
Northern Harrier 0 4 48
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 98 830
Cooper's Hawk 1 8 80
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 12 27
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 8739
Red-tailed Hawk 1 12 18
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 16 124
Merlin 0 10 77
Peregrine Falcon 3 11 31
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 2
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 30

Total: 10 244 10309

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


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.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Pine Warbler- 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 8
warbler sp.- 2

Monarch Butterfly-

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...>)
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