Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 16:45:00 Total observation time: 9.25 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Judd Nathan, Marie Matrano, Michael Burgess, Nancy Moreau
Weather: Patches of blue sky hinted that there could be warmth and rising air to be found somewhere, but for most of the day, sunbeams seemed to be avoiding Pack. The fickle wind died off to a whisper by late morning, then roused itself periodically in the afternoon. It could not settle on a direction to blow from, bouncing around every point from east to north-northwest. The temperature rose from the 50s to the low 60s.
Raptor Observations: Migration seemed to slow to start this morning, though it was suspected that the lack of lift might be keeping migrants in the valley out of sight. Noon brought briefly brightening skies, which sent small flocks of Turkey Vultures streaming high over the ridge and other raptors followed suit below. Three Broad-winged Hawks pushed their species into being the most common buteo migrant of the day, how often does that happen in mid-October in northern New England? At 4:15 (EST), a swarm of ravens over North Pack signaled the presence of a nomad from the far north. Scopes and binoculars trained on the mass of birds could pick out a lanky buteo with wings longer than a raven's, the late afternoon light bringing out its plumage of warm toffee tones washed in coffee and punctuated with deepest ebony at the wrists. The Rough-legged Hawk was escorted by its corvid greeting party the full length of the sky, never coming closer than the limit of unaided vision.
Non-raptor Observations: Non-raptor Migrants: Canada Goose- 506 Ring-billed Gull- 1 Common Loon- 3 Double-crested Cormorant- 95 Blue Jay- 12 Horned Lark- 12 Red Crossbill- 1 Pine Siskin- 1 Blackpoll Warbler- 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler- 46 warbler sp.- 3 passerine sp- 3
Predictions: More sun is in store for tomorrow, though temperatures are not predicted to rise out of the 50s. The wind will be out of the NE at 5-10mph to start, shifting to come straight out of the east by the end of the day. Light wind and sunshine are what's needed for migrants looking for thermals after the high winds and overcast of the week. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org