Observation start time: 09:45:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 5.25 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Ted Mara
Visitors: Observer Ted Mara. SO nice to have company today! Ted covered the 1st fifteen minutes and kept interupting my set-up as the first BW's appeared. Thanks.
Lisetta from Worcester. Many hikers enjoying the cooler air, many drive-up folks were surprised by the same cool.. Mass. Water Workers had annual outing down below and many rode the ski lift up - also for a short, cool visit.
Weather: 10:45am - 3:00pm 5.25 hrs 60F/15.5C at start and 63/17 temp. at end. Winds NW to N in AM then to NW and W in PM. Speed was 6-12mph at start but soon increased to 10-15 with occ. gusts to 20mph.this lasted 'til last hour when it dropped down to 5-10mph; by 2:15 at 5-7mph. Overcast 20% thru 1pm and 40 and 50% during last 2 hrs. Visibility 3-5 mi. rapidly expanded to 15mi/25Km. Even with the constant haze we could just make out Mt. Graylock to west and Boston in the east. Barometric level today but humidity dropped from 53% to 41%. Nice, dry feel at the end!
Raptor Observations: Day started nicely! By 10am we had 6 immature RTs up and playing and the local Cooper's Hawk made his first of three appearances. Then from 10:10 to 10:50 we had 8 BW's blast thru while 2 of the local BW's and a few local RT's were still up trying to confuse our count! At 11am ... the bottom dropped out. For 3 hours we had the female adult RT, the Coop made 2nd of his 3 appearances, and a local BW again. Local "Bird of the day": a great ID by Ted: an immature Red-shouldered hawk appeared on N updraft but quickly moved around and back down on SE. (Ranger Wilson mentioned this probable local a few days ago. Says we possibly have 2 Coops nesting somewhere below Oxbow Overlook.) Final hour wind speed dropped way back and weak thermals finally appeared on S side of hill. Five local TV's rose up and who noticed?! 2 Osprey took advantage and 1 BW followed same route to SW between 2:30 and 2:40.
Non-raptor Observations: Monarchs on the move: 3
5 Tree Swallows feeding. 4 D.C. Cormorants were last migrants of day.
Predictions: Sunny, 80's and light west wind. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw