Date: 10/23/17 7:07 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (23 Oct 2017) 1 Raptors
Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 1
Turkey Vulture 0 194 214
Osprey 0 25 143
Bald Eagle 0 22 113
Northern Harrier 1 4 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 88 314
Cooper's Hawk 0 36 118
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 155 10348
Red-tailed Hawk 0 29 29
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 45 132
Merlin 0 3 19
Peregrine Falcon 0 15 36
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 28
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 3 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 14 71

Total: 1 639 11598
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Observation start time: 11:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers:

Visitors:
Thanks to sole observer and compiler: Bill Rasku.

75 middle schoolers from Lawrence up late around 2:30.
Kids fired off 2 solid propellant rockets from The Ledges
area; the larger went a couple hundred feet up.


Weather:
This is mostly a weather report, since I had but one bird from
11:22-3:30.
Wind South mild 0-4 mph, temp 58-63F. Fog finally lifted off tower at
11:00 hawk time. Joe English barely visible with binos as was Greylock at
the end of the day.
Monadnock went from not visible to fairly clear by 3:00.
Boston only barely visible by day's end.
Thick haze in all directions and low ceiling overcast at
first to brighter and clearer with a bit of blue sky and
95% cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
And now: THE BIRD ...
2:19 Northern Harrier was seen for a couple of minutes
close to the east side of the mountain swooping straight
up a few times .... possibly for insects, before heading
south.

Non-raptor Observations:
First hour had 62 geese , 2 local RT, and 2 local TV and
2 local Ravens ... "nevermore" to be seen.

PM: Insect hatching west side of mtn.

Predictions:
Showers likely, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy
fog between 4pm and 5pm. High near 69. South wind 9 to 16 mph. Chance of
precipitation is 80%.
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
www.massbird.org/emhw


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