Date: 11/12/17 5:14 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (11 Nov 2017) 23 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 23 323
Osprey 0 0 219
Bald Eagle 0 17 158
Northern Harrier 0 9 81
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 50 1176
Cooper's Hawk 0 10 141
Northern Goshawk 0 1 15
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 115 174
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 8744
Red-tailed Hawk 19 149 263
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 1 3 5
American Kestrel 0 0 166
Merlin 0 3 106
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 64
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 7 48

Total: 23 393 11701

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Becky Suamala, Levi Burford, Mike Gebo, Zeke Cornell


The starting temperature was 16.9F, feeling like 0 with the wind chill. The
wind was out of the northwest at 10-20mph, dropping off through the
afternoon. Mount Washington was as easy to spot as the daytime moon,
looming in its snow-capped glory behind the rest of the mountains. The air
warmed to the low 30s before falling back to the 20s to end the day.

Raptor Observations:
The day began with a Golden Eagle rising with three ravens to soar down the
ridge. It did not seem to appreciate its ebony escorts, diving on one of
them repeatedly. Migration the rest of the day was surprisingly light given
the conditions.

Non-raptor Observations:
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD flew overhead this morning at 9:40, the rising
sun lighting up the mustard hues on its face in contrast to the rest of its
dark plumage. It seemed to be a 1st year male or an adult female as we did
not see wing patches and the yellow seemed a shade muted from the pure
lemon hood of an adult male.

Non-raptor Migrants:
Canada Goose- 28
Common Merganser- 6
American Robin- 8
Pine Siskin- 1

Decreasing 5-15mph southwest wind, partly cloudy skies, and temperatures in
the 30s are what's being forecasted. It will probably be a lighter day for
migration, but there are still plenty of red-taileds and Golden Eagles out
there to come...
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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