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
Weather: 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 migrating.
Predictions: 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...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org