Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:15:00 Total observation time: 7.25 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: David Fenton, Sandra Fenton, Steven Whitney
Visitors: 17, including a fawn...
Weather: Halloween's weather was a study in fickleness with a sky that went from clear to overcast to nearly clear again. The wind was out of the west, at times shifting a few points to the south and blowing from 5-145mph. By the end of the day, viewing conditions had improved to the point there you could see snow at the top of the highest peaks in Franconia Notch.
Raptor Observations: Quiet skies for much of the day, though the local Red-tailed Hawks and Turkey Vultures did their best to ensure there was always something to look at. A juvenile Northern Goshawk circled in from the east before slipping out of site behind the house, never to reappear.
Non-raptor Observations: A juvenile and two adult swans were making their way south along the Contoocook this morning, a bit too far to confirm if they were mutes or tundras. The flock of Brants worked their way over and flew directly over Carter Hill, close enough to make out the snowy collars of the adults.
Non-raptor Migrants: Canada Goose- 19 Brant- 12 swan sp.- 3 Ring-billed Gull- 1 Herring Gull- 1 Blue Jay- 4 American Crow- 19 American Robin- 7 Pine Siskin- 3 passerine sp.- 14
Predictions: After a frosty start, the temperature is expected to rise well into the 50s.There will be increasing cloud cover ahead of a warm front that is set to cross the region overnight. The wind will be out of the SSW at 0-5mph, light enough to not be an issue for migrants. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org