Date: 10/27/17 4:10 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (27 Oct 2017) 63 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 15 280 287
Osprey 0 51 219
Bald Eagle 3 63 140
Northern Harrier 1 27 71
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 387 1119
Cooper's Hawk 3 58 130
Northern Goshawk 2 12 12
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 41 56
Broad-winged Hawk 0 26 8744
Red-tailed Hawk 19 98 104
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 2 58 166
Merlin 1 32 99
Peregrine Falcon 1 39 59
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 5
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 4 4
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 13 40

Total: 63 1198 11263

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


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

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...>)
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