Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 13:45:00 Total observation time: 5.75 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Chris Eddy, Marty McNamara
Visitors: Observers: Rod Chase, Chris Eddy 9am-1pm, Marty McNamara from 12:30 - 1:45.
One nice gentleman stayed for hours: great conversations on a variety of topics; name now lost in my damaged brain but I'll know him when he returns... Also daily hiker, Frannie, old friend of the watch Dennis Lawrence, and another 25-30 other pleasant folks who stopped by alongwith about a dozen Fabulous canines. Marty and I witnessed 2 separate falls on the same rock in the path above the ski lift. The second looked severe but lady and husband thought she'd be ok though Marty and I both offered to give them a ride down to their car.Ten minutes later we headed back up to the tower and they were sitting nearby to ask if the offer was still open. Of course, Chris was calling out the BW kettle and I said give me 5-10 minutes which was fine with them. Chris over-heard and, as the kettle peeled, mentioned she had to leave anyway and offered them the trip down! We all wish them well!
Weather: Light and variable winds personified: Speed 0-5mph from 8-11am, 0-3 til noon, 0-5 til 1pm and 0-3mph again for last 45 minutes. Direction was from N for 2 hrs, NNE from 10-11am, then E swinging to S 11-noon and kept moving thru to NE by 1:45pm closing of watch. Almost a 360 degree rotation! Temperature was also weird! 67 deg.(F) 8-9am, 68 9-10am but then dropped to 64 by 11am! Then the increases returned: 68 at noon,and 69 after 1pm. Cloud cover was 0% at start, 5% at 9am and and 10% from noon until end of watch. Visibility increased every 2 hours starting at 16 miles until 10am, 32 mi. thru to noon and 40 mi. thereafter. There was moderately good thermal lift from 9am and on.
Raptor Observations: Migrants: First 2 birds (migrating) were BW's that appeared in NE and and flew east and then passed us south side of hill before venturing to SW. All the morning birds followed this route and were solo birds except for that 1st pair. > From 11am-12pm we had nothing migrating and then all of the afternoon migrants passed us going on the western side of Wachusett appearing anywhere from NE-NW and exited in the SW. The first afternoon BW's appeared as a kettle of 25 at 12:15pm with 2 stragglers a few minutes after the WSW peel. At 1:40 we had 6 BW's in two groups of three. Locals: 2 adult BE's to NE(9am) and 1 BE (unaged) over the Wachusett Resevoir. I took a break shortly after noon to scout the upper ski slope and saw 2 CH's hunting from dead trees. 12 TV's wandered around thru the day. 2 UB's (unidentified Buteos) seen far to NW.
Non-raptor Observations: Non-raptor notes Common Ravens 9; Swallows 14; 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks observed on the upper ski slope.
Predictions: Uhhh... A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and frequent lightning. Increasing clouds, with a high near 81. Light southwest wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. (Chores tomorrow for me...) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw