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. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Chad Witko (<chadjwitko...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org