Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: George Russell
Visitors: Observer George Russell arrived shortly before me and stayed to the end -- hope for a late flight was never mentioned ... but we've both seen them! Also assisting was Daryl Turik. As expected the hill was covered with hikers, dogs and an afternoon wave of others who all were thinking how beautiful a day to be looking across most of our state.
Weather: Watch was 8am-2:30pm (EST, not DST!) 390 minutes * Nearly an ideal day if this was mid-September.* Winds N at start at 3-8 mph/4.8-12.9 kph with a few gusts 10-12 mph/16-19 kph in the first hour. Wind speed was the same, minus the gusts, for rest of the day. Direction shifted slightly hour by hour: NE,ENE, NE, N at noon then NE from 1-2:30. Barometric pressure crept from 30.16-30.12 during the day. Humidity, however, started at 62-63% for 2 hrs. before dropping rapidly to 51% from 10am-11am and then remained there until I left at 2:30 EST.The drop was in the 1 hr. with ENE winds but I've no knowledge about why! Visibility was best I've seen so far this August at 40 mi./64 km. all day. The cloud cover advanced from 5% at start thru 11am then picked up pace from 40% at noon to 80% at 2pm. The morning saw rows of tiny cumulus clouds, high in altitude, mostly far west and north.In the afternoon some larger cumulus rolled in from the east and south. Altitude, though, remained high and thermal lift was not diminished... like I said, if only we could have some September days like this!
Raptor Observations: Another Zero in the migration tally. Hawks just need a little more time to get here. The GOOD NEWS?: Clarry Hill did counts yesterday and today totaling 108 migrants with 66 BW's! Even Cadillac Mtn. found 10 BW's in today's tally of 44 migrating birds!
Local raptors: TV 10, RT 9. Yup, that's it. The local Cooper's hawks and Bald Eagles were no-shows today.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Raven 4; Cedar Waxwing 6 spotted by ski lift. Many (100?) swallows remained distant but were successfully bug-hunting all day. Dragonfly 1; Monarch 0.
Predictions: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. I might skip the 1st hour or 2 tomorrow -- just to give those Clarry Hill birds time to reach us. If you join, bring extra clothing. It was 'coolish' today above the treeline and we didn't have 22 mph gusts! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw