Date: 11/7/18 4:13 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (07 Nov 2018) 18 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 3 14 95
Osprey 0 0 181
Bald Eagle 2 3 164
Northern Harrier 0 0 60
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 6 661
Cooper's Hawk 2 3 121
Northern Goshawk 0 0 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 9 92
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6756
Red-tailed Hawk 8 63 183
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 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 0 3 62

Total: 18 102 8704

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Chad Witko

Observers: Hillary Siener, Karen Kambol, Mark Timmerman, Peter Kambol,
Phil Brown

With a break in the weather the mountain saw a lot of foot traffic today
with 30 visitors making their way to the platform (including 2 gents from
Italy) to check in on the observers and to ask how the season was wrapping

Clear skies paired with low cloud cover and warm WSW winds (albeit very
gusty at times), produced a very pleasant day atop the observation
platform. Temperatures ranged from 10-14C and were a welcomed way to end
the first week of November.

Raptor Observations:
While only 18 raptors were observed on the day, today was one for the
record books. With the passage of two immature Bald Eagles past the
platform, the all-time single season high for this species was tied at 163
birds (10:08 AM) and later surpassed at 164 birds (3:30 PM). With two weeks
left in the season, we are now in a unique position where every eagle that
is seen from here on out, whether they be of the Bald or Golden variety,
sets the new all-time season max count for that respective species! The
previous season high of 163 for Bald Eagles was set in 2017.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor avian highlights included: Hairy Woodpecker (1), Ruby-crowned
Kinglet (1), and Pine Siskin (3).

For any observers considering to make the trip, tomorrow is shaping up to
be a good day on the platform. With sunny skies, moderately warm
temperatures (albeit cooler than today due to clear conditions overnight),
and a lighter wind than today, it should feel quite nice with appropriate
clothing. More importantly, raptors should be on the move! With the clear
and cool conditions overnight and WNW winds and sunny skies during the day,
it will be the best conditions for migrating raptors since last Sunday.
Report submitted by Chad Witko (<chadjwitko...>)
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