Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Weather: 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.
Predictions: 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 see. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org