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. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw