Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Chris Eddy, Dave Brown, Doug Wipf, Ed Norris, George Russell, Greg McGuane, Jack Miano, Jon Jones, Kathy Olson, Matt Bollus, Paul Roberts, Susan Williamson, Ted Mara
Visitors: On the watch: Dave Brown, Greg McGuane, Ed Norris, Paul Roberts, Tom Gottschang, Ted Mara, Doug Wipf, Paul Suihkonen, Jon Jones, Matt Bollus, George Russell, Susan Williamson, Ed Armstrong, Chris Eddy, Kathy Olson Daryl Turek, Marty McNamara. Many visitors wanted to check on the migration watch and even more wanted to know what was going on! Hope all 'got the bug'.
Weather: Wind low at 0-3 mph/0-5 kph with a few gusts in 2nd hour around 8mph/13kph. All morning wind was from the north then variable from NW to SE for the afternoon. Cloud cover rose from 40% at 8am to 90% at 1pm. Visibility OK since the air was cleansed by the night's downpours. A little fog burned off rapidly and air mostly clear at 30 mi/48 km. Many distant features in Vermont and New Hampshire were visible in gray-form. Temperature at 52F/11C didn't rise until 10am and then rose to 64F/18C by our last hour.
Birds passed on both east and west sides fairly evenly today. 4 OS between 8:40-10:40am. 2 BE:imm. at 10:35 from N; another imm. from NW at 2:05 3 CH in midday. PG at 1:30 and the steady trickle of a dozen BWs ran all day. non-migrating: TV 20; CH 1; RT 3; BW 2.
Non-raptor Observations: non-raptors: Common Ravens 16-20 here and there all day; Chimney Swifts 6; Swallows 12; Junco; Cormorant. Monarchs 30.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. East wind 6 to 9 mph. (Saturday: A chance of showers, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 65. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.) With the annual EMHW dinner Friday night ... think I'll pick Saturday and hope Friday's great for Jack Miano and everyone who can join him.
======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw