Observation start time: 09:15:00 Observation end time: 14:15:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill Rasku
Visitors: Observer & compiler: Bill Rasku.
Weather: Wind North 5-7 in morning, NNE 1-2 in the afternoon. Temp 37-40. In the morning sunny and clear with low bank of clouds in all directions on the horizon, some haze 5% clouds. By noon 100% clouds, no sun and it remained that way, less haze.
Raptor Observations: Drop in wind and lack of sun coincided with the drop in raptor numbers in the afternoon. Locals: 4 RT (at beginning of the day only). (Noted by rod: 7 species of raptors today. Not bad,Bill!) 10:10 Osprey, N Harrier: both close to tower overhead. 10:40 Peregrine circled the tower very close in.
Non-raptor Observations: Golden crowned kinglet landed on tower. Migrating: 135 Crows(several groups of 15-20), 11 Common Ravens(one group), 80 Herring Gulls (4-5 groups), 36 Canada Geese in groups of 8-10.
Predictions: Wednesday Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 46. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: www.massbird.org/emhw