Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Henry Walters, Julie Brown, Levi Burford
Observers: Al Grimstad, Janet Delaney, Miki Foley, Tom Delaney
Visitors: Thanks to all counters and observers for a team effort in their patient coverage of the mountain today. Just a handful of other visitors to the peak.
Weather: Disappointing: visibility practically nil until 1:30, and even then, viewing was compromised by the low cloud deck. South winds dragging up moisture that kept us socked in.
Raptor Observations: One osprey was the day's lone migrant.
Non-raptor Observations: An enormous black bear coming over the mountain, just as in the children's song, was the sighting of the morning. Ten minutes after it disappeared in the mist, the counter's heart raced to hear a huffing and puffing coming quickly towards him up the path. Luckily it was only Al.
Cloud conditions let us focus, for a change, on what was near at hand. A good warbler day, with Pine, Blackburnian, Cape May, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, and Yellow-rumped all observed from near the platform. Red-eyed Vireo and a Winter Wren also in attendance.
Predictions: The southern air flow will shift to the west, but there may still be some morning fog to deal with. It should be warmer, with some sun breaking through. We're getting close to prime time for the broad-wings, so every day is worth a trip to the mountain. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Henry Walters (<walters.henry...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org