Observation start time: 11:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Ken Klapper
Observers: Crawford Lyons, Steve Manifold
Visitors: Seven brave souls - some lasted a few minutes in the wind chill, some a few hours. Thanks for visiting!
Weather: Rain delayed the count for two hours, then the wind took over with 15-30mph sustained winds, gusting to 40+. The temperature slowly dropped from the upper 40s to the upper 30s, with mostly cloudy (and dramatic looking) skies clearing by the end of the count.
Raptor Observations: A few more Red-tailed Hawk migrants, several locals of the same species, and a pair of the smaller accipiter species.
Non-raptor Observations: Ninety-seven Canada Geese, seven Common Mergansers, a single kettle of 34 Ring-billed Gulls drifting south and west, three Blue Jays, two dozen crows, a raven, a calling bluebird, two starlings, and four juncos.
Predictions: More high west winds. Tomorrow will be our last day, but I unfortunately can't make it :( But please drop by for a minute or more, have a cider doughnut and raise your binoculars one last time for the 2017 fall raptor migration season! It's been wonderful getting to know everyone - thanks again for your support, jokes, snacks, observations, and especially love of nature. Have a great Holiday Season! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ken Klapper (<kklapper...>) Carter Hill Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org