Observation start time: 13:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 3 hours
Official Counter: Chad Witko
Observers: Levi Burford
Visitors: For the duration of the count, 6 visitors made their way to the platform.
Weather: Early to mid-day rain showers brought along with them low clouds that snuffed the summit out of view. Eventually, the cloud ceiling lifted enough by the afternoon that the last three hours of the day were countable. Once cleared, the summit was buffeted by strong NW winds and cold temperatures (5-6C).
Raptor Observations: Despite not having a full day to count, there was a nice diversity of raptors from the platform today including Northern Harrier and two of three accipiters (save Northern Goshawk).
Non-raptor Observations: Non-raptor avian highlights included the following: Canada Goose (90 over two skeins), American Crow (1), and a fairly sizeable White-throated Sparrow flock (12).
Predictions: Cold temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and strong NW winds should produce conditions similar to this afternoon. With any luck, this should turn on the flow for migrating raptors once again, especially after the recent bit of rain. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Chad Witko (<chadjwitko...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org