Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Ken Klapper
Weather: The platform was covered over with an inch and a half of snow this morning, which hardly had a chance to melt between the 30 degree temperatures and lack of sunshine. There hardly any wind to speak of, just a slight bit of drift to the tower of steam rising from the valley.
Raptor Observations: There were no repeat species among the day's 6 raptors. One of the local Red-tailed Hawks landed in the big pine at the back of the orchard, and a Cooper's Hawk seemed to have plans other than migrating. The Merlin was powering south with a purpose, the latest of its species to be seen at Carter Hill by 9 days. Just 15 minutes before the end of the official count period, a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk crossed the back of the orchard and perched at the tip of a pine high on the hillside. It stayed and preened for several minutes before continuing on.
Non-raptor Observations: A total of 35 bird species were observed from the orchard today, from a female American Wigeon mixed in with a flock of Mallards and American Black Ducks to a mixed flock of Eastern Bluebirds and a couple of lingering Chipping Sparrows hanging out in the big maple.
Non-raptor Migrants: Canada Goose- 102 Mallard- 37 American Black Duck- 6 AMERICAN WIGEON- 1 Common Merganser- 10 anas duck sp.- 1 duck sp.- 1 American Robin- 555 Horned Lark- 1 Common Grackle- 7 Red-winged Blackbird- 47 Brown-headed Cowbird- 2 American Goldfinch- 13 finch sp.- 10 passerine sp.- 55
Predictions: They're forecasting mostly sunny skies, a high of 40F, and a light wind out of the southeast. There should be some thermals out there for lift-seeking migrants. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<trina16...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org