Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: David Fenton, Joanne Stevens, Nancy Moreau, Pat Moynahan, Sandy Fenton
Visitors: Students from Hudson Memorial School were among the day's 107 visitors.
Weather: A cap of clouds sat over the peak of the mountain first thing in the morning, striking down the ambition to reach the platform for sunrise. By quarter of 9am (EDT), the clouds had lifted enough to bring North Pack into view, and within minutes, only the top of Monadnock remained shrouded. There was a brisk, 15-20mph WNW wind from the count's start to the end. The temperature rose to the upper half of the 60s by late afternoon.
Raptor Observations: The Wapack's updrafts turned the ridge into a highway for migrants. Most of the day's birds ended up passing right in front of the hawk watch, some pausing to check out the owl or chase around ravens and be chased in turn. A juvenile Broad-winged Hawk that slipped through in the morning brought dreams of completing a "clean sweep" of Pack's annually occurring raptor species, but Northern Goshawks and Golden Eagles proved to be elusive.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Ravens spent the day snacking on mountain ash berries and playing in the wind currents, commuting back and forth between peaks.
Predictions: The forecast looks like it has potential. The wind will be out of the northeast at 5-10mph, skies will be mostly cloudy to overcast, and the temperature will be in the 50s. Putney had a huge flight of Sharp-shinned Hawks yesterday, and small raptors should again be out in force taking advantage of the light northerly wind. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org