Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Craig Jackson, Ted Mara
Observers: Bob Secatore, Craig Jackson, David Goodine, Doug Chickering, John Cannizzaro, Judd Nathan, Paul Roberts, Tom Graham, Tom Wetmore, Ursula Goodine
Visitors: Many observers in the morning until 2 PM.
Weather: Very strong (5) west winds throughout watch. Temperature never got above 5°C. Cloud cover almost non-existent until the afternoon when it increased from 10-30% by the end of the watch.
Raptor Observations: Strong movement of both Northern Harriers and American Kestrels with small numbers of Merlins (first two females this Spring) and Turkey Vultures -- 93 raptors in total. Did not count late afternoon Merlin that after appearing to be a migrant began soaring until out-of-sight without giving indication of moving north. In addition to what seemed to be a local Northern Harrier, both an immature and adult Bald Eagle were also noted which appear to be local birds. The vast majority of American Kestrels traveled beachside, and a large majority of the Northern Harriers traveled marsh side. Of those Northern Harriers that did travel up the beach all were male.
Non-raptor Observations: An equal number (if not more) of blackbirds (predominantly grackles) seemed to be moving south as were moving north. Official observer from 8 AM to 2 PM was Ted Mara; from 2 - 4:30 PM official observer was Craig Jackson
Predictions: Winds 10-15 W favorable, cloudy in am, partly cloudy in pm ======================================================================== Report submitted by Ted Mara (<tedmara...>) Plum Island MA information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw
Site Description: The Plum Island Hawk Watch is located in parking lot #1 of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA, approximately 32 miles northeast of Boston. It is a volunteer-run spring watchsite with coverage between mid March to mid May.
Directions to site: >From Interstate 95 take exit 57 for Route 113, (Newburyport). Travel east on Rte 113 (which becomes Route 1A in Newbury) for a distance of 3.5 miles to the intersection with Rolfes Lane (there is a traffic light at this intersection). Take a left onto Rolfes Lane and follow to the end of the road which terminates at a stop sign. Take a right at the stop sign. This is the Plum Island Turnpike/Water Street, the only access to Plum Island. Follow the Plum Island Turnpike until you go over the Sgt. Donald Wilkerson Bridge. After you have crossed the Bridge, take your first right. This road will lead you directly to the entrance to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The hawkwatch site is Parking Lot #1 of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Newburyport, MA.