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
Weather: 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 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD- 1 Pine Siskin- 1
Predictions: 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...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org