Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Visitors: 77 people stopped by the hawk watch today, undeterred by the raw New England weather.
Weather: Barely half an hour into the count, the gray skies made good with their threat and began to spit on everything below. The next few hours saw bands of drizzle thicken to rain, then lighten to fine mist. The clouds stayed well above the hight of the mountains and the rain never grew quite heavy enough to abandon the platform for more than a few minutes at a time. The last of the showers cleared the area around 2pm (EST), leaving a few gashes of blue in the overcast. The wind wavered between the west and southwest, blowing at 10-15mph. Temperatures failed to make it out of the 50s.
Raptor Observations: The only raptor to beat the rain in the morning was a Sharp-shinned Hawk that spent several minutes pestering Gina before continuing on its way. The return of drier weather in the afternoon brought with it a small but satisfying surge of migrants. At one point, two Peregrine Falcons were rising over North Pack; below them a Northern Harrier worked to stay above a following swarm of ravens. As I was watching them in the scope, I heard a rush of air through wings and looked up to see a Sharp-shinned Hawk orbiting a Northern Goshawk that was diving on our plastic owl.
Predictions: Tomorrow is the annual Big Sit! The Packcipiters will be keeping a 12 hour vigil at the hawk watch, counting every bird species that is seen or heard from the platform. Light south winds are being predicted, along with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures that should warm to the 70s. After days of strong wind and today's wet conditions, there might be a decent push of migrants. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org