Observation start time: 07:15:00 Observation end time: 13:30:00 Total observation time: 6.25 hours
Official Counter: Craig Jackson
Observers: Bob Secatore, Colleen Tank, Judd Nathan, Mark Schoene, Paul Roberts, Tom Wetmore, Ursula Goodine
Visitors: Observers during the day: Paul and Julie Roberts; Colleen Tank; Mark Schoene; Tom Wetmore; David and Ursula Goodine; Judd Nathan; Tom Graham; and Bob Secatore
Weather: Light west to northwest winds until winds shifted toward east at 11 AM; temperature -- 10-15-14°C; cloud cover 20-100%
Raptor Observations: Minor movement of raptors -- 10-15 Turkey Vultures not counted as migrants, but very well could have been Two ospreys on nest platform and male Northern Harrier seen near dunes at end of watch, but not seen migrating
Non-raptor Observations: Migrating: 45 Double-crested Cormorants; 1 Great Blue Heron; about 70 Tree Swallows; 3 Barn Swallows; 9 Northern Flickers; and 2 Goldfinch Non-migrating: 3 Eastern Phoebes; 1 Fish Crow; 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets; 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet; 6 Savannah Sparrows; 2 Tree Sparrows; and 1 Dark-eyed Junco
Predictions: rain predicted; next probable good day would be next Tuesday ======================================================================== Report submitted by Craig Jackson (<crleja...>) 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.