Date: 10/22/18 12:32 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (21 Oct 2018) 29 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 4 68 78
Osprey 0 23 181
Bald Eagle 2 29 152
Northern Harrier 0 17 49
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 172 629
Cooper's Hawk 0 34 113
Northern Goshawk 0 5 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 41 61
Broad-winged Hawk 0 45 6756
Red-tailed Hawk 4 41 66
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 10 10
American Kestrel 0 50 168
Merlin 0 21 56
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 29
Unknown Accipiter 0 7 15
Unknown Buteo 1 5 10
Unknown Falcon 0 4 10
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 32 53

Total: 29 613 8444

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter: Mark Timmerman

Observers: Anne Forsyth, Brian Rusnica, Mike Gebo, Philip Kirkhart

127 visitors passed the site including Dave Lewis and Honey Weiss with
their SEEING EYES FOR THE BLIND puppy in training. Hikers paused long
enough to add that extra layer that was stowed at journey's onset.
Five Austrian exchange students gathered for a brief tutorial on hawk
Some visitors were compelled to visit the site where BBC and PBS filmed the
Hawkwatch portion of their third show of the 'Autumn Watch' series seen
last Wednesday-Friday and now on their online website.

Cold and blustery with winds starting from the West, shifting gradually to
the NW. Skies changing from fully overcast in the am to only 20% cloud
cover at day's end.
Intense drop from 43 to 34 F throughout the day with intermittent
snowflakes dancing through the spruces at times.

Raptor Observations:
The first eagle was an immature Golden that coursed from the north and
circled briefly between Pack and Mt. Monadnock at 9:23 am. Full adult and
immature Bald Eagles rose and dropped out of sight several times including
a nearby adult that thrilled onlookers.
Red-shouldered Hawks had the same idea with one overflying the platform
from behind and nearly carrying off the owl! Red-tails practiced kiting.

Non-raptor Observations:
The local short-tailed weasel found a fresh lunch, thanks to the seeds that
attracted red squirrels, chipmunks, white-throated sparrows, blue jays, and
dark-eyed juncos. One hiker spotted a young porcupine. Also seen were one
crow, six ravens, 40 Canada geese, one golden-crowned kinglet, five
shorebird sp., 2 DC Cormorants, and many migrating leaves.

Colder and blustery with more sunshine.
Perhaps eagles and redtails will be motivated by the conditions.
Report submitted by Phil Brown (<pbrown...>)
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