Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Henry Walters
Visitors: 22 visitors, including a mother and daughter searching on hands and knees for a tiny, green "Mexican Asteroid Crystal" that had gotten snatched by the wind. The hawkcounter's discovery of this object was met with over-the-top jubilation.
Weather: Clear air in place after our recent storms. Brisk wind from the SW to start the morning. Clouds thickened as the day went on.
Raptor Observations: Only a few hawks on the move, though two peregrines simultaneously strafing a young eagle before an audience of ravens was one for the highlight reel. The same 2nd-year eagle made a few appearances during the afternoon, unfazed by all the attention and in no mood to migrate.
Non-raptor Observations: A deluge of White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos (200+) moving through the spruces early this morning, stopping to sing some fragmentary songs.
Common Loon - 1 American Robin - 5 Hermit Thrush - 2 Song Sparrow - 4
Predictions: Some morning sun, clouding up later on. Lighter winds should allow more buteo migration. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Henry Walters (<walters.henry...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org