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
Visitors: 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 migration. 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.
Weather: 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.
Predictions: Colder and blustery with more sunshine. Perhaps eagles and redtails will be motivated by the conditions. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Phil Brown (<pbrown...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org