Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours
Official Counter: Chad Witko
Observers: Hillary Siener, Kat Lauer, Levi Burford, Mark Timmerman,
Phil Brown, Steven Lamonde
Eagles seemed to be on everyone’s mind today and 41 people from near and
far made their way to the platform with many asking us if we had seen any
such birds. Many were surprised by our answer (hint- if you missed it
above, we had several of the Golden variety).
Clear and cold conditions to start the day slowly transitioned to overcast
skies and rain by day’s end. Temperatures ranged from 0C at first light
(covered by Levi Burford) to 12C. After yesterday’s gusty conditions it
felt somewhat seasonable on the platform with less windchill to factor in.
Precipitation in the form of heavy rain along with gusty winds moved into
the area by late afternoon shutting down visibility and ultimately the
Not to be outdone by yesterday’s showing, the first two birds on the day
today included a Northern Goshawk attacking Gina, the resident plastic owl,
and an adult Golden Eagle. The Golden showed nicely coming in close enough
that it dipped below the spruce-covered ridgeline in front of the platform.
However, this was not to be the only Golden on the day and another adult
slipped in about an hour before today’s rain, on almost the exact same
flight line as the first- originating above Crotched Mountain flying
directly below Pack. This second bird came just an hour after Phil Brown,
director of the raptor observatory messaged us about a Golden Eagle above
his home in Hancock! There was no doubt that Golden Eagles found a window
of opportunity that they liked these past two days and took advantage of
it. Rounding out the eagle spectacle was a final individual that also
passed ahead of the storm on the same flight path as the two Goldens prior!
The bird looked good for a third Golden, all dark, similar-ish silhouette,
however, it showed nothing more (head projection, any coloration or tone on
the body) and was in very poor light, so it went down as the dreaded "UE-
Unidentified Eagle” to play it safe.
Non-raptor avian highlights included the following: Golden-crowned Kinglet
(2), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1), Pine Siskin (16), Fox Sparrow (1),
White-throated Sparrow (7), and Yellow-rumped Warbler (2). Siskins are
starting to become quite regular on the platform!
Clear, cold, and very windy! Clear conditions overnight with brisk NW winds
will lower ambient temperatures to freezing or just below to start the day
while a 'Wind Advisory' with wind gusts up to and exceeding 45 mph will
likely keep it there. If you plan on coming up, be prepared for COLD
conditions. Dress warmly and do your best to reduce skin exposed to the
wind. There has been a solid Golden Eagle flight the last few days and with
winds out of the NW there’s a strong chance this could continue! Smaller
raptors will likely seek refuge for the day, but there are always a few
outliers in the crowd to prove one wrong.
Report submitted by Chad Witko (<chadjwitko...>)
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