Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8.25 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Andre Moraes, Levi Burford, Mark Timmerman, Mike Gebo, Steve Bennett, Susan Wrisley, Tom Delaney
Weather: The day began with a 15-20mph southwest wind and a sky that was nearly cloudless. By the second half of the day, the wind had shifted to come straight out of the south and cloud's began to advance out of the west ahead of tomorrow's storm. The temperature peaked in the low 60s.
Raptor Observations: An adult Northern Goshawk strafed a kiting Red-tailed Hawk on her way through, nearly a match for the buteo in size. Migrant numbers were largely concentrated in the middle of the day, with a Merlin zipping under the sun and a Red-tailed Hawk sinking into the valley the only birds seen after 2pm.
Non-raptor Observations: A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE flew over the hawk watch shortly before 9:00am; its bold, buffy wing stripes flashing in the morning light. It landed in a nearby snag for a couple of minutes before dropping deeper into the spruces. Susan and Steve were able to relocate it in some mountain ash on the east side of the summit later in the afternoon.
Non-raptor Migrants: American Crow- 92 Yellow-rumped Warbler- 1 Pine Siskin- 1
Monarch Butterfly- 1
Predictions: It looks like another wash-out is in store for tomorrow with light morning rain expected to give way to heavier showers in the afternoon. Monday is also looking questionable at this point. Perhaps the storm will encourage the Townsend's Solitaire to stick around for a few days. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org