Date: 9/8/19 4:36 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (07 Sep 2019) 38 Raptors

Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 19:50:40 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (07 Sep 2019) 38 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 07, 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 6 14 18
Bald Eagle 0 4 14
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 9 19
Cooper's Hawk 3 7 13
Northern Goshawk 4 4 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 17 36 93
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 2 5
Merlin 0 1 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 2

Total: 38 81 175
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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.)
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.massbird.org/emhw


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http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228

 
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