Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Dave Brown, George Russell
Visitors: Counter Rod Chase Observers: Dave Brown, George Russell. Assists by Paul Suihkonen, who also kept us laughing for hours, and Daryl Turek. Only 60-70 visitors all day -- a pleasant time for all as we realize school groups and large weekend crowds are on the horizon.
Wind speed low today 0-10 mph/0-16 kph at 8:30 then lowering to 0-5 at 11 am where it remained - with- infrequent "gusts" to 10 mi/16 km - for rest of day. Winds from NW thru 1 pm and NNW after that. Cloud cover 25% due mostly to high altitude cirrus band stretching from NNE to SSW most of the day. It finally receded towards the ocean as myriad cumulus clouds puffed up in all directions. Visibility was a minimum 15 mi./24 km. all day. Temp 59 F/15 C at start crept steadily to 69 F/20.6 C by the last hour.
Raptor Observations: Only 2 migrating today: solo BW's at 1:08 pm (adult) in SE and went high and west' then a 2nd BW at 2:15 up NNE who made the corner SW far west of our hill. Locals: adult BE NW who went down towards NNE at 11:45. TV 10 includes the kettle of 7 who showed us the 1st migrating BW who passed right over them. Also: RT 6, BW 2, CH 1, SS 3.
Non-raptor Observations: Swallows galore, only 1 Common Raven today. A dozen dragonflies feeding locally. Monarchs 1.
Predictions: Friday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Looking better?.: Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind around 7 mph. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw