Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill Rasku, Kathy Olson, Marty McNamara, Steve Olson
Visitors: Observers: Bill Rasku, Rod Chase, Kathy & Steve Olson, Marty McNamara. Newcomers Doug Wipf, Chris & Tim Eddy are locals -- and have some skills! All were fun and helpfuland we hope they come back. Barbara also knew what was going and Paul Sukonen joined us again for an hour plus.
Weather: Winds gusty in 1st hour (10-15mph/8-16kpm) but dropped soon to 5-8mph and from noon on to 0-3mph/0-5kpm. Direction also slowly drifted from ENE at start, then E at 10am and from noon 'til end from ESE.
Temp.was 60F/15.5F at start, 61/16 at 10am and 68F/20C from noon until end. Visibility 10mi/16Km all day. Cloud cover 90% except for the 10am hour where 75% allowed for some more sunlight and slightly stronger thermal lift. Orographic lift from our hill was present all day. A few raptors briefly "in our faces!"
Raptor Observations: Migrating: OS 3; BE 1 (adult, 10:51am); BW 7; SS 1; RT 1; and ML 1. total:14
Locals: In 1st hour a Goshawk rode the wind up over our heads and THEN drifted down to rest in that bare snag of branches to the right of the north relay building! Plenty of time for viewing and ... if anyone had a camera. Not also was this wonderful but a return visit and longer pose from the snag left us cheering! A second Goshawk (darker underneath, fewer stripes) also went over high but left to NW. Also: 9 TV; 6 RT imm., 2 ad.; 2 BW; 1 BE imm.; 1 CH.
Non-raptor Observations: 1 Raven, 5 Chimney Swifts. 2 Towhees. Migrating: 5 Monarchs; 38 DC Cormorants overhead and all together.
Predictions: Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds around 5 mph. Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds around 5 mph. NOTE: Cadillac Mtn. and Clarry Hill had good flights today. Increases possibilities of movement while I'm at work ... ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw