Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 14:45:00 Total observation time: 6.75 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill Rasku, Daryl Turek, Ed Norris, George Russell, Joe Drega, Jon Jones, Ted Mara
Visitors: More people on the watch than migrating raptors... Ted Mara and Jon Jones joined me at 8am. Paul Suihkonen came for an hour at 9. Joe Drega, Ed Norris, Bill Rasku, George Russell and Daryl Turek joined in the 10am hour. Laurie made return visit with Ray in morning and JoAnne Hart in the afternoon. Newcomers on another visit is always a good sighting! Hikers and others: a steady trickle of very pleasant folks all day made for delightful exchanges.
Weather: Wind at start 0-3 mph (0-4.8 kpm) was the same all day with 1 exception: 10 am hour was 'breathless'. Direction was from NW until noon but then became truly variable, slowly creeping to N-E-S-W and ended back from the NW by last 45 minutes. Temperature steady for 2 hours at 60F/15.5C then rose steadily to 69F/20.6C by closing time. Cloud cover of 1% at start quickly filled in to 70% at noon and 80% at the end. Again the local TV's and our few migrating raptors demonstrated a tremendous amount of lift available for all the birds we didn't get!.. Visibility was ok all day: AM 10 mi/16 km and 20/32 for afternoon when humidity dropped and helped clear the air.
Raptor Observations: 10am hour started with SS high on east side who went to the S side of hill and peeled SW. Minutes later a ML appeared high in the NE and came close to us on N side. Three Common Ravens decided to team up and the ML nonchalantly rebuffed them all. One raven attempted payback from below and above just to our west. We didn't see any feathers fall but raven exited flapping for cover. The magician rose on thermal to SW and winged away without looking back. 11am hour started well with a Peregrine adult who came close in from N to NW and then accelerated S and SW in an awesome display of powered flight. Yes, the next bird was at 12:08 and our 3rd falcon-- the AK appeared on east side and arced around the towers on south side of the deck and off to SW. At 12:50 a SS was high on east side and moved right over us An hour later was our last bird ... Osprey arrived high in the north and came close to us as she was turning to WSW.
non-migrating: TV 15 seen at one time ..maybe more since they were around all day; CH 1: perched on ski slope.
Non-raptor Observations: non-raptors: Ravens a plenty. We had one group of 14 with 3 more scattered elsewhere; they were up most of the day and suspect we had more than 17. Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Chimney Swift, Chickadee, Blue Jay, Towhee, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-throated Green Warbler all visited today. Curiously, the normally seen hordes of Juncoes are not showing yet this year. Did see a few in August.
Predictions: Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw