Observation start time: 09:30:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Chris Eddy, Colleen Tank, Dave Brown, George Russell, Jack Miano, Tom Gottschang
Visitors: Seven observers joined me for all or parts of the day: George Russell, Joanne Hart, Dave Brown, Colleen Tank, Chris Eddy, Tom Gottschang, and Jack Miano. Many mountain visitors today and a fair number requested and received details of when and under what weather they could see good flights. One delightful conversation in the 2pm slow hour with Kathy Ellison and Dave Guarnaccia!
Weather: Wind was from north until 1 pm and then drifted NNW to WNW in last 2.5 hrs. Wind speed 8-12 mph with gusts to 20 mph thru 11am; 5-8 mph & gusts to 15 mph until 2 pm; then 8-12 mph which tailed to 0-3 mph in last half hour. Visibility 20 miles before light haze started to obscure the distant hills; haze diminished a little thru the day. Cloud cover of cirrus and cumulus was 90% at start, diminished thru 1 pm to 60% before spiking quickly to 80% and then retreating again to 60% at the end. Temperature 50-52F thru 1 pm and then rose to 59 by 3:30 pm end of shift. Raptor Observations: Most of the birds stayed low (eye level or less) for the first 2 hours; when sunshine cooked up some lift most went higher. Many BWs were single except for a nice batch of 9 found together high in the NW at 1:18 pm. Two other loose groups of 4 also seen. All other birds, except 2 CHs at 10:45, traveled alone.
Non-migrating: TV 7; RT 3; BW 2. Also 5 BE: 3 were up and down all day in the north: 2 imm and a subadult with some white buff on head. The other 2 imms were seen in E and SE before turning back at approx. 12:15.
Non-raptor Observations: Non-raptors: were very sparse today, evidently staying low. Of note: 1 Cormorant stayed up north and one 'Os-gull'... we were thinking distant Osprey until it morphed into a gull.
Monarchs 33 Predictions: Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 71. West wind around 8 mph. (Monday and Tuesday look OK also at this point.) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw