Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 13:00:00 Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Brian Rusnica
Visitors: Josh Cummings from Providence, RI + many day hikers.
Weather: Cool, mostly overcast, very light winds from the ESE/SE.
Raptor Observations: The first counting day for the Mount Watatic 2018 Fall season was surprisingly productive. A nice collection of both migrant and local buteos kept things interesting. A local Red-shouldered Hawk tangled with a trio of Broad-wings, resulting in many exhilarating stoops. Later, a Broad-wing tussled with a persistent Sharp-shinned Hawk right over the Summit.
A trio of Bald Eagles (1 ad, 2 juvs) moving SE together were also an exciting observation!
Today's most memorable moment was the brief but magnificent appearance of a local juvenile Northern Goshawk within naked eye of the East Summit. This is just my 2nd Watatic Goshawk in nearly 300 hours of observation over the last 4 years. Photos: https://flic.kr/p/29hkxrF
Predictions: Slightly warmer, not favorable SW winds. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Rusnica (<brian_rusnica...>) Mount Watatic information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw