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, Tom Gottschang
Visitors: On the deck: Rod Chase, Bill Rasku, Tom Gottschang, George Russell and a newcomer (with good eyes!) Linda Ferraresso. Familiar and new hikers as well as visitors all seeking updates on the count! Also two, names not procured but will be able to e-mail the 'intro to hawkwatch at Wachusett' that I send to all who show an interest.
Weather: A 61F start gradually warmed to 68F at the end while a light but constant NW+/- wind maxed at 8-12mph with light gusts 15 in the 9am hour. Then 5-10 mph for all but the last hour of 0-5mph. Visibility of 5mi. at start improved quickly to 10 miles from 9am until 2pm. Cloudiness started and ended at 70%, with a low of 50% midmorning. Great breeze and conditions blessed us with '7bpr' (birds per hour) thru noon. The drop in wind speed at noon seems the only change that shut down the flight.
Raptor Observations: 8:30am--2pm; 5.5 hrs. Right from the start we had a steady trickle of migrants appearing from NW thru NE; estimate 80% ended up passing on west side of peak. Both kinds of lift were used though orographic out played the short lived thermals.
BE's: sub-adlt 8:51; sub-adlt 10:10; juv. 11:55.
Locals: ad. BE north; ad. PG north; imm. BE far to NE. (all were in the 10am hour.) Also 2 ad and 6 imm RT's -- the immatures were up at same time. TV's 8.
Non-raptor Observations: 9 Common Ravens were also up at once -- and around all day again. 24 Monarchs.
Predictions: Wednesday A slight chance of light rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. North wind around 6 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precip. is 20%. Sounds promising plus Clarry Hill 321 today. ... igottawork :-( ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw