Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Ted Mara
Visitors: Ted Mara was a welcome observer Daryl Turik stopped by twice. The visitors were a trickle but a larger than normal number of people who either knew what we were doing and wanted updates or found out about our site and will, I'msure, join us again in September. Also there was a friend of Tom Pirro whose name, I admit, was lost in my head before I got back to pen and paper...Apology rendered but thanks for your camping stories, etc.!
Weather: Watch was 8am-3pm EST 420 minutes Wind at start was from NE at 5 mph (8 kph) with a few light gusts to 12(19). Then thru noon a 3-8 mph (5-13 kph) breeze, also NE, which lessened after noon to 0-5(0-8) and gradually shifted to NNE and E by end of the watch. Final 2 hours wind barely 3mph (5 kph). Temps started at 50F (10C) and gradually peaked by 1pm at 60F(15.6C) and tailed slightly in last hour to 57(14). Cloud cover less than 1% slowly increased to 10% at 1pm and tailed to 5% in last hour. High cumulus only. Visibility of 15 miles (25km) was constant, as was the barometric pressure (30.26). Humidity was 62% and slowly dropped to 49% by closing time.
Raptor Observations: Only 1 migrating raptor today... but at least it was a pleasure to have an immature BE appear in north at 10:40. The bird glided straight towards the hill, went low under the treeline and immediately rode the updraft on east side of our hill RIGHT in front of us. Our best guess was 'subadult I' with patchy white blotches on both top and bottom of the wings and a dark throat and cheek. Also, the trailing edges of wings were quite uneven with new and old feathers competing for space. We did have many good looks as eagle circled up to great height, drifted thru the sun and then set out in a long, straight line until disappearing far in the SW. Second day in a row that a solo raptor went 'thru-the -sun'. Would appreciate if they would cut that out or, even better, if they started coming in groups! Locals: Adult BE rose up to our north for a few minutes and then dropped straight down. TV 4; RT only 2.
Non-raptor Observations: Raven 1; Cedar Waxwing perched in The Snag (you know!) Sparrows feeding in distance -- maybe 8.
Predictions: Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw