Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Henry Walters
Observers: Anna & David Forsyth
Visitors: An amateur telescope-maker from the isle of Chincoteague was proficient with nebulae and star-clusters, but keeping sharp-shinned hawks in sharp focus posed some problems. Many thanks to Anna and David Forsyth, who hung in for the afternoon, despite empty skies. 6 visitors today.
Weather: Early sunshine and NW winds got birds moving this morning, but the overcast clamped down around noon and temperatures fell quickly. Flight quickly dropped well below eye-level.
Raptor Observations: A solid Red-shouldered Hawk flight this morning, picking up where Friday's record-tying numbers left off. Not too much dilly-dallying for these birds on their way: one or two quick pirouettes upward, and away they streamed to the south. Clouds shut off the spigot around noon. Pack's second ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK of the season arrived about 1:00 pm and was gone by 1:01. A light-morph bird, it slunk by low and refused to circle up off the side of the mountain.
Predictions: After a cold night, tomorrow's sunny skies should bring more migration. Winds are predicted to be light. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Henry Walters (<walters.henry...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org