Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Katrina Fenton
Observers: Jeanne-Marie Maher, Kevin Murphy, Levi Burford, Meade Cadot, Michael Pahl, Miki Foley, Richard Sirull
Visitors: People responded to the dry weather and sunshine with the same enthusiasm as the hawks. Some 92 visitors came by the count site today.
Weather: The west-northwest gale following yesterday's storm left a carpet of leaves and twigs up the auto road, the chalk board on the ground, and hours of gusts that gradually blew to calm by the day's end. Sunshine and blue blended with milky white in the expanse over the mountain. The temperature rose from a breath above freezing to the mid 40s.
Raptor Observations: Red-taileds kited in the morning wind, looking for a warm breakfast before hitting the road. A Northern Goshawk slipped up the ridge towards North Pack, heading upstream against the flow of southbound buteos. Two eagles sank below the ring of the earth for several minutes before chasing each other back into view, the sub-adult golden testing the younger Bald Eagle's maneuvering skills.
Non-raptor Observations: Non-raptor migrants: Canada Goose- 6 duck sp.- 3 Common Loon- 1 Herring Gull- 6 Ring-billed Gull- 1 American Crow- 69 Pine Siskin- 8 American Goldfinch- 1
Predictions: A warm front will be moving into the region, bringing more clouds and rain. Ahead of it, there will be light east wind and temps in the 40s at the hawk watch. Hopefully the wet will hold off and clouds stay high enough for at least part of the day to be countable! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katrina Fenton (<gosknits...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org