Date: 8/23/19 5:23 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (23 Aug 2019) Raptors

Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:12:42 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (23 Aug 2019) Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 23, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 1
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 6 6
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 36 36
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 0 48 48
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total
observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Rod Chase

Observers: Nora Hanke

Visitors:
Counter Rod Chase, Observer: nice assist from and conversations with
Nora Hanke from 9am-2pm. Marty MacIntyre stopped by with friend for an
hour in early afternoon.

Also abundant and informative chats with a few dozen visitors who came
by in a slow flow all day.


Weather:
Low winds at 0-3 mph/0-4.8 kph only crept to 0-5/0-8 from 9 am-Noon and
dropped back to 0-3 mph/0-4.8 kph thereafter.
Direction was NW thru noon then crept to N for rest of
the watch.
Despite forecast the cloud cover was 80% at the start
and increased to 95% thru the day. Morning clouds, esp. to the north
were thin and allowed enough thermal lift to get a glider and the
raptors (local...) to get fair height. In the afternoon thicker clouds
cancelled that.
Down on earth visibility was 25 mi./40 km everywhere except E to SSW
which was fogged to less than half of that distance until last two hours.
Temp: 64 F/17.8 C rose slowly to 65/18.3 by 10am before sliding back to
starting temps for rest of the day.
No precipitation.

Raptor Observations:
Low note = no migrants today...

High note = a local American Kestrel who swooped in very close to then
land on N tower so she could snack [Cricket Alert] on the two crickets
in her talons. AK
rested for 2 minutes and then swooped into the low oaks and wasn't seen
again :-(
other Local raptors: TV 8 (they showed how low the morning thermals had
less and less height all day);
CH 5; RT's 6.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Ravens 3, Eastern Kingbird 1, Cedar Waxwings 2.
Zero Monarchs.
Predictions:
Saturday Increasing clouds, with a high near 75. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
Sunday A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
Northeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Coin flip so I'll try both days.
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.massbird.org/emhw


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