Date: 11/4/17 5:10 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (03 Nov 2017) 11 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 03, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 1 301
Osprey 0 0 219
Bald Eagle 3 3 144
Northern Harrier 0 1 73
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 17 1143
Cooper's Hawk 1 2 133
Northern Goshawk 0 0 14
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 60
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 8744
Red-tailed Hawk 5 8 122
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 166
Merlin 0 3 106
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 62
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 1 42

Total: 11 38 11346

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Jeanne-Marie Maher


The morning began with layers of cloud piled up with enough space between
for the blue to seep through. The piles thickened and filled in to become a
lowering cloud ceiling that threatened to come crashing down and engulf the
mountain as it did the summits of higher peaks. By mid-afternoon, bands of
drizzle began to drift by, sending rainbow fragments on either side of
North Pack. The 15-20mph SW wind dropped slightly and began to shift
westward, setting kiting red-taileds to face towards Monadnock. The
temperature shifted through a couple of degrees on either side of 60F.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures headed north while Bald Eagles sauntered south. Four of the
local Red-tailed Hawks spent the day trying to hunt over North Pack, though
the raven swarm did their best to ensure no hawk was able to kite for long
without getting dive-bombed.

Non-raptor Observations:
One Pine Siskin and four Blue Jays were the only non-raptors observed

Partly cloudy skies, a light and variable (though mostly northerly) wind,
and temperatures in the 40s should make for better migration weather than
we've seen in a while. It should be good!
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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