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

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
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

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

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.

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...

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.
Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>)
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