Date: 10/31/17 1:57 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (31 Oct 2017) 12 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 3 293 300
Osprey 0 51 219
Bald Eagle 1 64 141
Northern Harrier 0 28 72
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 394 1126
Cooper's Hawk 1 59 131
Northern Goshawk 0 14 14
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 44 59
Broad-winged Hawk 0 26 8744
Red-tailed Hawk 1 108 114
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 58 166
Merlin 1 36 103
Peregrine Falcon 2 41 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 5
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 4 4
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 14 41

Total: 12 1243 11308
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Henry Walters

Observers:

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.
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Report submitted by Henry Walters (<walters.henry...>)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=320


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