Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Jeanne-Marie Maher
Weather: This was a hang-onto-everything-you've-got sort of day with the WNW wind tearing at anything not nailed down and giving flight to objects not meant to go airborne. The morning overcast was pushed clear of the mountain by noon, and by the end of the day just a few cumulus lingered far to the north. The temperature ranged within a few degrees of either side of 30F.
Raptor Observations: Watch your scope blow over in one direction and a Red-tailed Hawk holding completely still in a kite in the other. Large raptors were undeterred by the gusty conditions, though even the eagles were bounced around a little. The Golden Eagle came through in the 11am hour; the first adult of the season and putting us within a bird of our average for that species.
Non-raptor Observations: The local songbirds were hunkered down and even the ravens were around in smaller numbers than usual.
Non-raptor day list: Common Raven- 11 Dark-eyed Junco- 12 White-throated Sparrow- 1
Predictions: Looks like we'll get a bit of a break between storm systems. There will be increasing clouds ahead of the oncoming rain, and the wind will be out of the southwest at 10-15mph. It should feel mild with a temps in the low 40s. We'll see what's flying on the lighter wind! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org