Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 2.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Chris Eddy, Colleen Tank, Dave Brown, Tom Gottschang
Visitors: Observers: Rod Chase, Dave Brown, Judy and Dave McGuane, Chris Eddy, Tom Gottschang joined mid-morning and Jared Keyes with camera roaming in the bushes.
Colleen Tank did the afternoon 1.5 hr. PM shift and found all the noted raptors in this report. Thanks Colleen!
Weather: Temp. 60F/15.5C at 8am start. Visibility in fog only 200 yards at the North Lookout where I started. Only wind was a 1 mph downdraft flowing down from the summit. Humidity 100%, barometer 30.34. At 8:45 I went to summit (The Ledges site was no better) and joined rest of the 'crazies' on the tower. Nothing different except there was a 5mph/8kpm breeze from the East. Stories were rich and the laughter was loud. We finally saw the dim outline of he sun thru the fog and clouds. Later this turned out to be a teaser as the cloud deck lowered again and visibility dropped backto 100 yds. Half the crew left around 10 and the rest by 10:30. weather was the same except the temp. jumped up to 61F/16C.
Note Colleen Tank came and left at 8am but did return when it looked brighter from her home. Summit still a "no go" but 1/2 mi. view at Oxbow overlook. >From 12:30 to 2:30: temp 63F/17C and the ENE breeze was 5mph/8kpm. Humidity 96%, barometer 30.32.
Raptor Observations: Migrants BE 1, adult. 2 UR - too much in the haze for ID.
##Note## NO COUNT FROM 11:30AM TO 2PM. ALL MIGRANTS BY Colleen Tank between 2 - 3:30PM Local TV's: a bunch.(6 or so).
Non-raptor Observations: Monarch 1.
The only local birds seen were by photographer Jared Keyes who found at least 9 including 7 warbler species.
By ear the Blue Jays, Juncos and Towhees were nearby. I saw one large porcupine descending below The Ledges overlook at 8:40.
Predictions: Friday: Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, a high near 76. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
(Sat.: Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind.) [Sun.: Sunny, with a high near 80.]
Let's get some movement this weekend! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw