Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill Rasku, Rod Chase, Ted Mara
Visitors: Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara, Rod Chase, George Russell, John and Linda Parker. Visitors: along with many hikers and folks up for the view, we were visited by the 8th grade class from Newton's Day School (junior high). Another fine group!
Weather: At start, 58F/14C with W wind at 5-10mph/8-16kph. Clouds covered 95% of sky all day; Visibility 3m/5k and 5m/8k in varying directions where there neither rain nor dense haze. Temp rose to 60F/16 at 10am but then fell to 55F/13C by noon. Seems like showers were pulling down cooler air from above. At noon, wind freshened to 8-10mph; visibility poor W & E and rain soon followed. Vis. N and S still 5mi. Spent 45 min. at 'The Ledges' finding nothing low. Did notice the wind shift. Back to tower at 1pm and NW blowing 10-15mph/16-24kph and visibility NW to NE great with sun falling on several swaths of the landscape. Temp fell to low 55F/13C by 2pm. Rain also returned ...
Raptor Observations: The whole of the morning's watch had 1 low and lonely SS in 11th hour. In between showers, the prospects of NW wind at 1pm had me hoping. After 35 minutes a PG finally came low with flapping over near ridges to east. Also noticed an AK in front and above. Kestrel worked hard to gain altitude - as if having a PG way below was much better than any alternatives. PG went S of hill and turned to the north .. and reappeared 5 minutes later riding above the north towers on the NW updraft. Streaked off in a flash. Two SS's at 1:55 also took advantage of the updraft and then began a long flap-assisted glide SW. Next and bigger rains imminent, I chose the road at 2pm+.
Non-raptor Observations: TV 2 locals in NE haze. Nothing else besides the Blue Jays. 2 Monarchs.
Predictions: Saturday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Sunday A chance of showers, mainly between 7am and 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Southwest wind around 10mph, with gusts as high as 23. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Sat. not promising much; Sun. not promising nuthin'. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw