Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Phil Brown
Observers: Bob Quinn, Crawford Lyons, Dave Howe, Ken Klapper, Mark Suomala, Pam Hunt
Visitors: 68. Several participants from the Concord November Challenge coming up in hopes of seeing a Golden Eagle or Northern Goshawk, but these species didn't appear today.
Weather: Finally fall! Crisp and clear with light to moderate northwest winds. Thin overlay of clouds providing an ideal backdrop for spotting high-flying migrants. (KF)
Raptor Observations: Big Buteo push with season high totals of Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks. Record high Sharp-shinned Hawk and Red-shouldered Hawk flight for November. Sharpie total almost eclipsed highest monthly total for the species at the site; indicating of how late migrating is this season. The 6,000th bird of the season flew past at 1:23, a Red-shouldered Hawk spotted by Crawford Lyons.
Non-raptor Observations: 54 species of birds tallied from the Orchard including 40 from the platform - definitely a record high for November. American Woodcock (1), Fox Sparrow (1), Snow Bunting (1), American Pipit (2), Horned Lark (1), Carolina Wren (1), Common Loon (1), Common Merganser (14), Ring-necked Duck (3), Rusty Blackbird (1). Late Monarch Butterfly (3), Sulphur sp. (3).
Predictions: Come out and join Ken for a slightly warmer day on the platform. Perhaps a few more Buteos moving early. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Phil Brown (<pbrown...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org