Observation start time: 09:30:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Betsy Chadwick, Crawford Lyons, Mark Suomala, Pam Hunt
Visitors: Twelve - thank you everyone who visited today!
Weather: A partly cloudy and fair (for late November) morning offered the potential for a good migration day - unfortunately thick clouds soon blocked the sun from warming the earth, and a gradually increasing SE wind seemed to halt nearly all raptor activity in the area. Temps ranged from near freezing to the high 30s. However, visibility was good and views of the snowcapped peaks were breathtaking!
Raptor Observations: One local adult Bald Eagle skimmed the treeline (and below) east of us, making a beeline for Long Pond.
Non-raptor Observations: Thirty-two Canada Geese, one Common Merganser, five Ring-billed Gulls, a Downy and a Hairy Woodpecker, several Blue Jays, 34 crows, a raven, a chickadee, 54 robins, five bluebirds, 18 Cedar Waxwings, nine starlings, four Song Sparrows, five juncos, a Snow Bunting, a pair of cardinals, and a House Sparrow. The big mover today were goldfinch - 162 were seen. Mark Suomala also saw a Chipmunk - it will be interesting to see how late they remain active.
Predictions: Rain in the morning, clearing by noon. But the west winds will be oh so powerful (20-30+ mph). Still, there should be more birds moving than today (we had ten Red-tails and a harrier in similar conditions the other day - and Pack had a Golden Eagle... of course the wind was NW). I'm game if you are. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org