Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill Rasku, Darryl Tureq
Visitors: visitors Observers: Bill Rasku, Daryl Turek. Count: Rod Chase.
A Labor Day weekend means loads of hikers, bicyclers, families young and old and 100? beautiful dogs. Folks with questions were cordial and fun so they all got one of us to give the short and/or long answers they wanted. Several took pamphlets and 'will be back'!
Weather: Winds from NW thru 1 pm then WNW for an hour and W for for the last hour. Wind speed 6-12 mph (9.7-19.3 kpm) at the start, 8-15 m (12.9-23.9 k) for 2 hours, then 6-12 m (9.7-19.3 k) til noon and dropping in last two hours to 0-8 mph (0-12.9 kph). Cloud cover (high cirrus) was 40% at start and rose steadily to be 70% by 11 am. At 1 pm a slight decrease to 70% due in part to steadily decreasing humidity and the formation of small cumulus puffs all around. Visibility 15 mi(24 km) for hawking although the haze lessened steadily thru the day. The distant hills and cities were easy for the visitors to find later in the day. Temperature began at 57 F/13.9 C and held until 10am but then rose steadily to 64/18.8 for last hour.
Raptor Observations: Surprise push of 8 BE spread evenly thru the day. Two appeared in NE and went E of side of hill; the rest were found NW-N and found fair lift past our west side heading SW. BW 9. Six birds in 10am hour: solo adult was close and caught an updraft straight up above tower and going SW. Next minute Bill finds 5 BW low and close to W angling NE. Guessing 'local' when when Bill yells"lookup!" There the are! Those thermals are ok but BWs know a carnival-like updraft is such a thrill! They maintained that lift as they sailed west and south. As I packed up to leave a solo imm. rose up to join 3 adults in NW but THEN went straight back down as the 3 peeled to SW. A ML passed close before noon and a male Kestrel also performed at 1:20 pm.
Locals: TV 7; BE 6 (1 imm, 4 adult, 1 unknown); SS 2; CH 2; BW 2.
Non-raptor Observations: Just 1 Raven today,Tree 5 and Barn Swallows 20+, Towhees 8, Chimney Swift, Phoebee, Cedar Waxwing. Monarchs: 4.
Predictions: Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
(I'll try to catch at least the NE part and see what happens after.) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw