Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8.25 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Judd Nathan, Levi Burford
Weather: The thermometer was reading 37F at the start of the day's count, climbing 20 degrees through the first part of the afternoon. Cirrus clouds provided the perfect amount of contrast without blocking the welcome sunshine. The wind was out of the west for most of the day, blowing at 10-20mph before shifting a touch to the south for the count's end. A snow-capped Mount Washington loomed behind the rest of the Whites, it's icy towers visible through a scope.
Raptor Observations: Red-tailed Hawks were cruising down the Wapack this morning in a nearly even blend of juveniles and adults. A trickling of Red-shouldered Hawks took over for the second half of the day before the wind shifted. A juvenile Peregrine Falcon closed out the day, a streak of sandy brown tearing through an ebony kettle of protesting ravens.
Non-raptor Observations: Non-raptor Migrants: Double-crested Cormorant- 11 Herring Gull- 5 Blue Jay- 3 American Robin- 1
Predictions: More sunshine and the return of the south wind is in store for tomorrow. The temperature is expected to rise well into the 60s in the valley, which means it will be in the upper 50s or low 60s at the top. Partly cloudy skies are expected. If the south wind isn't too much of an issue, we should see a fair number of migrants. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org