Date: 10/11/17 4:18 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (10 Oct 2017) 114 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 10 36 43
Osprey 2 41 208
Bald Eagle 3 27 105
Northern Harrier 4 12 56
Sharp-shinned Hawk 58 190 922
Cooper's Hawk 12 27 99
Northern Goshawk 0 4 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 17 32
Broad-winged Hawk 1 22 8740
Red-tailed Hawk 8 24 30
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 6 30 138
Merlin 5 15 82
Peregrine Falcon 2 23 43
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 2
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 1 5 32

Total: 114 476 10541
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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.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose~ 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 5

Monarch Butterfly- 13

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.
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Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=320


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