Date: 10/6/17 5:16 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (05 Oct 2017) 44 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 8 11 18
Osprey 3 23 190
Bald Eagle 1 24 102
Northern Harrier 0 4 48
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 112 844
Cooper's Hawk 5 13 85
Northern Goshawk 1 2 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 14 29
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 8739
Red-tailed Hawk 3 15 21
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 4 20 128
Merlin 0 10 77
Peregrine Falcon 3 14 34
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: 44 288 10353

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton



The wind was a bit less forceful than yesterday, staying in the 10-15mph
range instead of 15-20mph. It seemed to be blowing straight from Monadnock
for the first half of the day, then shifted slightly southward. A few
clouds graced the sky, and Mount Washington came into view by
mid-afternoon. Temperatures reached the low 70s.

Raptor Observations:
A glint of darkness warned that the sun had been eclipsed, and all eyes
turned to find a raven being pursued by paler shadow that seemed nearly its
match in size and maneuverability. The young Northern Goshawk stayed hot on
the tail of its ebony quarry until the two were lost in the distance. For
the second time in as many days, the day closed with two Peregrine Falcons
gracing the sky over North Pack.

Non-raptor Observations:
A skipper clad in hunter's orange darted haphazardly around the scrub as
though still worried it could be a target. An Eastern Swallowtail seemed
less concerned, lazily exploring the blueberries and spruce tops as it
passed through.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 121
Pine Warbler- 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 6

Monarch Butterfly- 4

Looks like we're in for a light WSW wind, a high in the 60s, and the chance
of a passing shower or two in the middle of the day. As long as the cloud
deck stays above the top of the mountain, there should be some hawks to
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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