Observation start time: 09:30:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Darryl Tureq, Susan Williamson
Visitors: The 1100-1200 visitors (Ranger's estimate) were, except for hikers, frequently chilled but still happy with the views. All raptor-related questions were answered. One man from California asked which raptor kept attacking him back home. Said I could only guess it might be a Northern Goshawk? "I have lots of pictures on my phone" he responded. Yup, he had lots of photos of Mr. & Mrs. NG!
Weather: Watch was 9:30am-3:30pm (EST, not DST!) 360 minutes Winds from NE all day with a few momentary swings to ENE. Wind speed was basically 3-10 mph/5-16 kph all day; gusts to 20m/32k in first and last half hours. The bummer: all but one of the migrating raptors appeared before Susan arrived or just after she left. One good thing: she spotted the SS at 11:23am! Cloud cover was 50% until 1pm then spiked to 65% before dropping in last 1.5 hours to 15%. Like yesterday the cumulus clouds were high above us and didn't impact the good thermal lift. No birds (except occasional local TVs) took advantage of updrafts from our hill. Visibility great: 15 mi./24 km. all day. Thru haze you could still find Boston & Mt. Greylock.
Raptor Observations: BW 6: 1 ad., 1 imm. at 9:43 from NE passed close to summit on north side before the left turn SW. Four more wings followed same route at 10:12 except not as close to me. RT 1. A straight-line trip from Gap Mt. (NNE) to the SW at a very quick pace. It's only August but feel that all protocols were certainly met. Bye-bye at 9:52. SS 1 ("Ss, Susan's sharpie) found to SE and came much closer and flew "thru the sun" before passing on the south side while moving west, then made the turn SW at 11:23. OS 3 at 3:25 followed similar route, though not quite as close. Appeared to be 1 adult female tailed by 2 immature birds.
Local raptors: TV 8; RT 3; Ch 1, SS 1.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Ravens 7; Hummingbirds: 3 together put on a great show 'playing tag'in their brief 45 seconds appearance. Dragonfly 1, feeding. Monarch 1 in the 1 o'clock hr.
Predictions: (Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. North wind 6 to 11 mph.) Monday: Sunny, with a high near 72. NE wind 6-9 mph.
Yeah .. I'll give that a shot! (Temp will not be 72 on above the treeline, though.) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw