Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Crawford Lyons
Weather: A beautiful late fall day with temps from the low 30s to the mid 40s, and a light variable wind. When the sky went from partly cloudy to mostly, one felt a bit of a chill.
Raptor Observations: A bakers dozen of migrants - the common buteos, accipiters, plus an immature Bald Eagle and a Northern Harrier. The Concord-area Peregrine Falcon pair put in an appearance, soaring high over the camel hump maples before shooting off to the east. A local adult Bald Eagle came from the northeast to soar over the Contoocook River for a while, before flying back from whence it came.
Non-raptor Observations: Ninety-six Canada Geese, three Mallards, a Black Duck, two dozen Ring-billed Gulls, three woodpecker spp (Downy, Hairy, and Pileated), several Blue Jays, 88 crows, a few ravens, four Horned Larks, a chickadee, two robins, four bluebirds, a half dozen starlings, a smattering of juncos, a cardinal, ~50 goldfinch, and a few House Sparrows.
Predictions: It should be a rainout. Friday will clear out on moderately strong northwest winds.... hopefully bringing something big out of the north. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org