Date: 10/26/18 6:19 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (26 Oct 2018) 55 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 71 81
Osprey 0 23 181
Bald Eagle 2 38 161
Northern Harrier 1 25 57
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 195 652
Cooper's Hawk 3 38 117
Northern Goshawk 3 8 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 16 63 83
Broad-winged Hawk 0 45 6756
Red-tailed Hawk 18 85 110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 10 10
American Kestrel 0 51 169
Merlin 0 23 58
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 29
Unknown Accipiter 0 8 16
Unknown Buteo 4 10 15
Unknown Falcon 0 4 10
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 3 37 58

Total: 55 744 8575

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

Official Counter: Chad Witko

Observers: Hillary Siener, Levi Burford, Mike Gebo, Miki Foley

On this clear, crisp October day some 61 visitors made their way to the
platform, some hailing as far away as Sweden!

Clear, cold, and crisp. From start to finish, today was graced with tack
sharp visibility. For the entirety of the day a gleaming Mount Washington,
along with the rest of the White Mountains, were visible with the naked
eye, prompting many audible gasps from a plethora of visitors. A brisk NW
breeze to start the day, enough to create some bite to one’s face,
eventually subsided and it remained rather comfortable in the sun, all
things considered. Temperatures ranged just below and above freezing from
-2C to 5C (28-41F, before windchill).

Raptor Observations:
Eight species of migrating raptors were observed today, a nice showing for
late October. Buteos and accipiters were well represented with a decent
flight on Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks as well as a sweep on the
forest-hawks. While a lot of attention has been given as of late to the
excellent showing of Golden Eagles, a constant stream of Bald Eagles has
been pushing this year closer and closer to breaking the all-time season
high for this emblematic raptor. In fact, after today’s two migrant Bald
Eagles, we are now just two away from tying the all-time season record of

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor avian highlights included: Hairy Woodpecker (1), White-breasted
Nuthatch (1), Golden-crowned Kinglet (3), Pine Siskin (11), and finch sp.

A rainout. The first nor’easter of the season will impact the area tomorrow
bringing rain, heavy at times, as well as some wet snow to higher
elevations. Check back for updates on Sunday and beyond.
Report submitted by Chad Witko (<chadjwitko...>)
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