Date: 10/24/18 4:45 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (24 Oct 2018) 9 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 68 78
Osprey 0 23 181
Bald Eagle 0 30 153
Northern Harrier 4 24 56
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 185 642
Cooper's Hawk 1 35 114
Northern Goshawk 0 5 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 44 64
Broad-winged Hawk 0 45 6756
Red-tailed Hawk 1 44 69
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 10 10
American Kestrel 0 50 168
Merlin 0 21 56
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 29
Unknown Accipiter 1 8 16
Unknown Buteo 0 5 10
Unknown Falcon 0 4 10
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 32 53

Total: 9 642 8473
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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.
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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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