Date: 10/18/18 7:32 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (18 Oct 2018) 35 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 3 61 71
Osprey 0 21 179
Bald Eagle 4 27 150
Northern Harrier 2 17 49
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 152 609
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 112
Northern Goshawk 0 5 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 39 59
Broad-winged Hawk 0 45 6756
Red-tailed Hawk 5 35 60
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 2 7 7
American Kestrel 2 50 168
Merlin 2 20 55
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 29
Unknown Accipiter 1 7 15
Unknown Buteo 0 4 9
Unknown Falcon 0 4 10
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 3 31 52

Total: 35 567 8398
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Chad Witko

Observers: Karen Kambol, Levi Burford, Peter Kambol, Susan Wrisley

Visitors:
Some 27 visitors made their way to the platform to either wonder at the
spectacle of hawk watchers bundled up standing in the cold staring skyward
or to punch a ticket on the Golden Eagle Express.


Weather:
Clear, cold, and windy, today was a blustery preview for some of the
conditions that Pack will likely offer in the weeks ahead. A dusting of
snow greeted early counters to the summit while gusty winds with a strong
westerly component paid a visit to all who stopped by the platform whether
it was morning, midday, or the afternoon. Temperatures hovered right around
freezing for the duration of the count (-2 to 6 C), however, a strong
windchill from winds gusting 40-64 km/h (25-40 mph) made sure no one got
too comfortable in their extra layers.

Raptor Observations:
Without question, the highlight to today’s raptor showing is the continued
presence of Golden Eagles migrating past the platform. With two confirmed
individuals on today’s count, there have officially been 7 Golden Eagles
observed at Pack over the last three days (3, 2, and 2 respectively). This
marks the greatest 3-day showing of Golden Eagles in the history of
organized hawk watching at this site since 2003! The closest any stretch of
three days has come was in 2006 when between October 30th and November 1st
a total of 6 Goldens were observed (3, 1, and 2). However, this stretch in
2006 added an additional 3 Goldens on November 3rd, resulting in 9
individuals over the course of a 5 day stretch. On a quick glimpse, it
appears as if 2010 also had a decent showing with 4 individuals being seen
over the course of 4 days (1 each day) between October 28th and November
1st. Will tomorrow continue this historic streak of Golden Eagles? Or will
the flood gates close? Beyond the spectacle of Golden Eagles, today
provided a nice mid-October showing with 9 confirmed raptor species
migrating.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor avian highlights were limited today due to the high wind
conditions that either forced songbirds to retire to the trees or to have
their call notes drowned out. Nevertheless, there is always something
special to note and today included the observed migrations of Canada Goose
(218) and American Crow (51). While not detected from the platform, Hermit
Thrushes have been quite common the last few days along the auto road with
at least 6 noted by the official counter this morning. A lone Monarch
Butterfly either regretted its decision to migrate today or is now halfway
to Mexico.

Predictions:
Clear conditions overnight will once again push temperatures to freezing or
below to start the morning. Fortunately, temperatures are expected to rise
into the lower 50s by the afternoon (10C) with WSW winds that will not be
nearly as gusty as today. Nevertheless, it’s going to be another cold and
chilly day at the platform. With cold conditions overnight and sunny skies,
raptors will once again be on the move and will be viewable without any
cloud cover to get in the way. If you like crisp air, wide vistas, and good
company, stop on up and say hello!
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Report submitted by Chad Witko (<chadjwitko...>)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=320


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