Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:15:00 Total observation time: 6.25 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Dick & Marsha Haas, Pam Hunt
Visitors: Ten - thanks to all for the company, questions, cookies, and sharing the raptors!
Weather: Overcast with strong winds (20-30mph, gusting to 40+) coming straight from Mt. Kearsarge. The winds moderated a bit, and the sun came out by the afternoon. Temps in the low to mid 30s.
Raptor Observations: Red-tails trickled steadily through the day, with many low birds... but a few surprisingly high in the gale-force winds. The harrier was a gray ghost with a few brownish feathers that made for one beautiful raptor. It flew right over the camel hump maples, low over the center of the north orchard, buffeted by the winds the whole time. There were two non-migrant Bald Eagles seen today, an immature giving a tantalizing Golden imitation, and a spectacular adult cutting over the northeast corner of the orchard and giving some of the best views of this species for the season.
Non-raptor Observations: Five Canada Geese, five HOODED MERGANSER, two gull species (a Ring-billed and a Herring), a Downy Woodpecker, two ravens, three crows, one robin, five bluebirds, one starling, one junco, and 10 goldfinch.
Predictions: A bit warmer and a whole lot less windy. Mostly cloudy with a SSE breeze. A few raptors that were held back by today's wall of wind should push through. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org