Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Becky Suomala, Dylan Jackson, Joey Richardson, Julie Brown, Mara Factor, Mark Suomala, Mark Timmerman, Pam Hunt, Phil Brown, Robert Vallieres, Tom Brewton, with many more....
Visitors: Four hundred and twenty two, including many members of New Hampshire's birding and conservation communities, as well as neighbors and travelers from afar. A very warm thank you to everyone who stopped to share stories and jokes, those who helped spot raptors and other species, and those who brought goodies to boost our energy for the big day! Our deepest gratitude to those who made pledges for our Big Sit, and to those who donated or bought a raptor observatory hat today.
Weather: It was completely cloudy or nearly so all day, with hazy/heavy air and light variable to SE winds. A spot of drizzle mid-afternoon was more refreshing than threatening. Temps ranged from the low 50s in the morning to the low 70s by the afternoon.
Raptor Observations: Falcons and small to medium accipiters ruled the day, with a sprinkling of migrant TV's. Otherwise there was an unfortunate lack of raptor diversity to add to our species list.
Non-raptor Observations: Today was Carter Hill Raptor Observatory's Big Sit! Forty-seven species were documented from the observation platform, as follows (in order of detection):
Chipping Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Yellow-rumped Warbler American Robin Blue Jay Mourning Dove Savannah Sparrow Hairy Woodpecker Golden-crowned Kinglet American Crow Swamp Sparrow Song Sparrow Ruby-crowned Kinglet American Goldfinch Cedar Waxwing Common Grackle White-crowned Sparrow Palm Warbler Sharp-shinned Hawk Purple Finch Eastern Phoebe Lincoln's Sparrow Brown Creeper American Kestrel Common Raven Eastern Bluebird Dark-eyed Junco Downy Woodpecker Indigo Bunting Gray Catbird Ring-billed Gull Great Blue Heron European Starling Merlin Cooper's Hawk Turkey Vulture Tufted Titmouse Blackpoll Warbler Double-crested Cormorant Mallard Red-winged Blackbird Peregrine Falcon Black-capped Chickadee Pileated Woodpecker Canada Goose Northern Flicker Wood Duck
In addition, a Northern Cardinal was heard away from the platform, 77 Monarch butterflies were seen (as well as a few other butterfly species, such as sulphurs and ladies).
Predictions: Some showers will pass through, but intervals of clear weather may offer periods when raptors may try to move. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org