Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Dave Howe, Kathy Bennett, Mark Suomala, Pam Hunt
Visitors: Two-hundred and twenty-one, including several escapees from the Garden State.
Weather: Carter Hill was an island paradise overlooking a sea of fog in the morning. The peaks of Kearsarge and Ragged Mountains helped us form a little archipelago. The mist stubbornly clung to the valleys for a few hours, gradually lifting as a paisley of cirrus clouds slowly covered us. A SE wind began almost imperceptably in the morning, but steadily increased in the afternoon. Temperatures started chilly (upper-30s) and climbed to the comfortable mid-60s.
Raptor Observations: An OK push of seven species, dominated by sharpies. The fog seemed to hold raptors back in the morning, and the SE winds convinced migrants to throw on their air-brakes in the afternoon.
Non-raptor Observations: Sparrows and Myrtle Warblers are gradually diminishing, but still rule the field edges. At one point in the afternoon a big group (a mass murder?) of about 150 American Crows flew over, darkening the skies for a bit. Nine Mallards, 10 Canada Geese, a Ring-billed and a Herring Gull, four Bluebirds, 20 Cedar Waxwings, 10 Red-winged Blackbirds, and five woodpecker species (the expected ones) were also seen or heard. Three Monarchs made a southward move in the morning.
A Cloud Dragon provided an exotic but welcome backdrop for one of four (plus?) local or non-migrant Bald Eagles seen today (you had to be there).
Predictions: An approaching nor'easter will bring low clouds and showers in the morning, becoming a steadier rain in the afternoon, and finally intense rain and wind overnight. It does not look like a good day for raptors or their aficionados.
Go Pats! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org