Observation start time: 11:30:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
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%. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw