Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Anna & David Forsyth, Henry Walters, Meade Cadot, Nancy Moreau, Phil Brown
Weather: The sunshine took its time pushing back the cloud deck to reach the mountain, but by the afternoon there were only a few clouds left swept to the far corners of the horizon. There was a light breeze out of the northeast, and the temperature rose from just below freezing into the 40s. There was just enough powder from the flurries overnight to scrape together the first snowball of the season...
Raptor Observations: A Red-tailed Hawk soared past the count site first thing in the morning, followed by nearly half an hour of empty sky that built up anticipation like a Mark Twain pause. Then in a rush, hawks began to find thermals and mixed-buteo kettles built on both sides of the ridge. 47 migrants were counted in the 10am hour alone, more hawks than are seen in total on an average November day. A gang of 4 young Bald Eagles sparked a tornado of ravens over North Pack, causing even Nancy to declare, "What a mess!" as we tried to sort out their intentions to migrate. An immature Golden Eagle came from the east to join one of the balds as it streamed off towards Monadnock.
Non-raptor Observations: Non-raptor migrants: Canada Goose- 22 Common Loon- 1 Herring Gull- 3 American Crow- 156 American Robin- 19 Snow Bunting- 1 ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org