Date: 10/6/17 7:59 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (06 Oct 2017) 13 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 12 19
Osprey 0 23 190
Bald Eagle 0 24 102
Northern Harrier 0 4 48
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 119 851
Cooper's Hawk 0 13 85
Northern Goshawk 2 4 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 14 29
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 8739
Red-tailed Hawk 0 15 21
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 20 128
Merlin 0 10 77
Peregrine Falcon 3 17 37
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: 13 301 10366

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

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton


77 people stopped by the hawk watch today, undeterred by the raw New
England 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.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 17
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 3

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
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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