Date: 9/1/19 4:33 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (31 Aug 2019) 19 Raptors


Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2019 19:27:31 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (31 Aug 2019) 19 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 4 4
Bald Eagle 8 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 10 10
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 9 57 57
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 2 2
Merlin 1 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 19 92 92
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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.)
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org:
http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228

 
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