Observation start time: 08:45:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 5.75 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Phil Brown
Visitors: There were 9 visitors today. Sending a big "thanks" to Ron, Emily, and Bill for your help today!
Weather: Not many clouds to start the day, but by the afternoon, the forecasted overcast was solidly in place and beginning to lower over the mountains. There was just enough of a northwest wind to keep one's gloves handy and scarf tucked tightly about one's neck to ward off the chill. The temperature was stuck in the lower half of the 40s.
Raptor Observations: At 9:04, a young Golden Eagle rose to the north, then streamed high over Carter Hill. The next few hours saw Bald Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks soaring by in ones and twos, with the occasional other raptor mixed in. At 12:10, Bill found another Golden Eagle off to the west, and just 20 minutes later, 2 more goldens were spotted circling together in the distance beyond the pines on the eastern side of the orchard. The rest of the day belonged to the buteos, with mixed kettles of up to 8 red-taileds and red-shouldereds forming in the dwindling thermals as the clouds rolled in.
Non-raptor Observations: Two SANDHILL CRANES briefly shared a thermal with a Red-tailed Hawk out towards the Contoocook.
Non-raptor Migrants: Canada Goose- 3 Mallard- 2 Common Merganser- 1 Common Loon- 1 Sandhill Crane- 2 Ring-billed Gull- 1 Blue Jay- 17 American Crow- 59 Horned Lark- 4 Snow Bunting- 1 American Robin- 27 Common Grackle- 7 American Goldfinch- 3
Monarch Butterfly- 1 butterfly sp.- 1
Predictions: Another day of light north wind should make for another great day for migrants! There won't be much by way of cloud cover, and the sun should warm the air to around 50F. Come join us! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org