Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 18:00:00 Total observation time: 10.25 hours
Official Counter: Paul Bourgault
Visitors: Around 275, with people from Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Texas.
Weather: Right after the first raptor was seen, the rain came. It poured until around 11:00am, before the skies cleared. Shortly after, one by one, the mountains emerged from the clouds, and a rainbow appeared to the north.
All morning long, a high layer of stratus clouds stayed dormant in the skies, while much closer, low cirrus clouds sped by with the wind. The sun came out around noon, and half of the sky was a solid blue for the afternoon.
Raptor Observations: Local Turkey Vultures were absent for the day, as only two non-migrants were seen, darting northward, frolicking in the southernly winds. All five Red-tailed hawks were seen at the same time, as they all mixed together, and one by one fought their way south.
First raptor: Turkey Vulture @ 9:21am Last raptor: Northern Harrier @ 3:27pm
Non-raptor Observations: Monarch Butterfly, Cedar Waxwing, Blue Jay, Crow, Raven, and passerine species.
Predictions: Very wet. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Paul Bourgault (<paulbourgault1...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org