Summit totally fogged in and not a hint of a breeze. OK -maybe 0-1mph/0-1.6kph from NE. Visibility under 300 yards/0.3K . Drove down to meet Ted at West Overlook where he'd been for 45 minutes. Also poor visibility and steady drizzle to light rain. He remained and I went to the down x up road overlook and also walked up to view down the nearby ski slopes. Conditions similar to Ted's spot: drizzle, no wind and visibility 200 yds (maybe 300 if a large bird went by?)
Raptor Observations: Finally, at 9:30 a breeze suddenly picked up from east. I was back at the overlook and heard-then-felt an updraft of 5-8mph/8-13 with a few gusts to 12m/19k or so. Front coming in? Well, not for 15 minutes as it turned out. But: after 10 minutes a male and female kestrel went by at eye level and about 50 yds out. As they were disappearing south a single sharpie followed the same route but a bit higher. Kestrels flapped most of the way across and sharpie was adhering to her "flap, flap and glide" routine. An updraft gust and one longer glide nearly doubled her height. Next: (did I mention?) the weatherfront was in and the downpours commenced. Ted pulled in beside me, we compared notes and agreed it was time to go.
Non-raptor Observations: Did hear some Jays and Towhees. No one flying.
Predictions: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2pm, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Areas of fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 74. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw