Date: 10/28/18 5:56 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (28 Oct 2018) Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 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 71 81
Osprey 0 23 181
Bald Eagle 0 38 161
Northern Harrier 0 25 57
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 195 652
Cooper's Hawk 0 38 117
Northern Goshawk 0 8 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 63 83
Broad-winged Hawk 0 45 6756
Red-tailed Hawk 0 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 0 10 15
Unknown Falcon 0 4 10
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 37 58

Total: 0 744 8575
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Observation start time: 13:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter: Katrina Fenton

Observers: Levi Burford, Tom Delaney

Visitors:
Nineteen visitors found their way to the count site, undeterred by the lack
of a view. A woman from Minnesota remarked on the increase of Turkey
Vultures and Bald Eagles (almost too many of the eagle now, in her mind!)
in her corner of the country.


Weather:
Early morning rain gave way to a low overcast that clung to the mountain
tops like wet toilet paper. Pack unrolled itself from the tendrils for
about an hour this afternoon, just long enough to watch a dozen ravens
cavort over North Pack and the Lindboroughs glow like a row of
jack-o-lanterns in a shred of sun. The southwest wind did nothing to
encourage migrants, and would-be hawk watchers and gear got heavily misted
as the clouds settled back over the view.

Raptor Observations:
Not a one, though a couple of hikers told of a hawk with white-speckled
wings out towards the cliffs of North Pack.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Red Crossbill announced its arrival as it pulled up to the top of a
nearby spruce. The local junco and White-throated Sparrow swarm payed him
no mind. The local chickadee flock seemed particularly jumpy today, sending
out warning signals whenever a Blue Jay or raven came into view. Perhaps a
raptor was hunting around the hawk watch earlier in the day...

Predictions:
Another round of rain is moving in before daybreak and sticking around for
most of the day tomorrow. It looks like there's a chance it might end
sometime in the afternoon, with a light westerly wind and slowly clearing
skies to end the day. If it clears quickly enough, there might be a few
raptors moving through.
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Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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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