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
Visitors: 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 up.
Weather: 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).
Predictions: 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...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org