Date: 11/4/18 6:32 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (04 Nov 2018) 81 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 04, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 11 11 92
Osprey 0 0 181
Bald Eagle 1 1 162
Northern Harrier 0 0 60
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 4 659
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 119
Northern Goshawk 0 0 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 8 8 91
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6756
Red-tailed Hawk 52 55 175
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 1 1 17
American Kestrel 0 0 169
Merlin 0 0 58
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 31
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 16
Unknown Buteo 0 0 16
Unknown Falcon 0 0 10
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 3 3 62

Total: 81 84 8686

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

People responded to the dry weather and sunshine with the same enthusiasm
as the hawks. Some 92 visitors came by the count site today.

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

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...>)
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