Date: 10/6/17 3:25 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (06 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2017 14:10:05 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (06 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors

Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 98 118
Osprey 0 11 129
Bald Eagle 0 13 104
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 34 260
Cooper's Hawk 0 15 97
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 16 103
Merlin 0 1 17
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 26
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 26
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 61

Total: 5 358 11317

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

Observers: Bill Rasku, Ted Mara, Rod Chase, George Russell, John and Linda
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!

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
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.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming
south around 6 mph in the afternoon.
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...>)
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