Date: 10/29/17 1:00 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (28 Oct 2017) 33 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 10 290 297
Osprey 0 51 219
Bald Eagle 0 63 140
Northern Harrier 1 28 72
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 392 1124
Cooper's Hawk 0 58 130
Northern Goshawk 2 14 14
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 43 58
Broad-winged Hawk 0 26 8744
Red-tailed Hawk 9 107 113
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 58 166
Merlin 3 35 102
Peregrine Falcon 0 39 59
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 5
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 4 4
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 1 14 41

Total: 33 1231 11296

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


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

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

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...>)
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