Date: 11/8/18 2:00 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [NHBirds] Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory (08 Nov 2018) 25 Raptors
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory
Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 14 95
Osprey 0 0 181
Bald Eagle 3 6 167
Northern Harrier 2 2 62
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 10 665
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 121
Northern Goshawk 0 0 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 11 94
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 6756
Red-tailed Hawk 11 74 194
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 1 2 18
American Kestrel 1 1 170
Merlin 0 0 58
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 31
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 16
Unknown Buteo 1 1 17
Unknown Falcon 0 0 10
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 62

Total: 25 127 8729
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Chad Witko

Observers: Hillary Siener, Miki Foley

Visitors:
Visitors to the platform seemed a bit sparse today, likely due to the
colder temperatures and the blustery winds. In total, 21.


Weather:
Today saw partly sunny skies with increasing cloud cover along with gusty
WNW winds that waxed and waned throughout the day. Ambient temperatures
were above freezing for the duration of the count, ranging from 4-8C,
although any associated windchill made us forget about this fact. Late
afternoon haze limited visibility over the farthest points of interest.

Raptor Observations:
The morning flight of raptors was a nice start to the day and held
relatively steady for the duration of the count. With 7 species observed on
the day there was a nice diversity to be had. Outside of a late male
American Kestrel, eagles continue to be the star of the show. On the day 3
Bald Eagles (1 adult and 2 immatures) and 1 Golden Eagle (immature)
continue to represent ever-increasing numbers of these large raptors this
season. As stated yesterday, with each eagle that is spotted this year, of
either species, a new all-time season record is being established for this
site. In the last twenty minutes of the day a local Bald Eagle was observed
directly over the site, gaining altitude and flying north, hoping to be
counted on another day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor avian highlights included: Canada Goose (6), Common Raven (25-
non-migratory), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1), Pine Siskin (3), and Fox Sparrow
(1). Mammalian highlights: Southern Red-backed Vole (1), Short-tailed
Weasel (1), and Porcupine (1). Dogs with porcupine quills in their muzzle
(0- it was a good day).

Predictions:
Clear conditions and near-freezing temperatures overnight will persist into
the first part of the count tomorrow. However, clouds will be quickly
moving in ahead of the front during mid-morning and by late afternoon rain
will infiltrate the region. While the rain itself is unlikely to have an
impact on the count, thickening clouds ahead of the precipitation could
limit visibility and shut down the day. Regardless of clouds or rain, winds
with a distinct easterly component (NE to ESE) will dominate the day and
likely limit good conditions for migrating.
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Report submitted by Chad Witko (<chadjwitko...>)
Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at:
www.nhaudubon.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=320


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