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. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org