Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Susan Williamson, Ted Mara
Visitors: Also on the watch: JoAnne Hart, Karen Turer, Polly Baylies. Thanks for the excellent help and company on this slow day. Visitors were sparse but I had great conversations with Hope Charleston-Gonzales and Ramoan Gonzales who had much to recommend about Puerto Rico. They also figured out what we were doing. Also: Bina Bliskin, who attended our Annual Meeting and is now joining EMHW, made her 1st visit to our hill today! Finally, three folks on my walk down to car asked about hawking and we talked for 10 minutes. Bird lovers are always so pleasant here!
Weather: "Wind" was 0-3mph all thru 2pm then 0-5 til 3:30. Direction was from SE then wobbled between S and SE until 2pm. Final last 1.5 hours wind from SW. Temp slowly crept from 56-62F by 2pm but then dropped rapidly to 57F for last 1.5hrs. Cloud cover = 100% FOG from 8-11am, 99% until noon and 95% thereafter except when a big wave of fog and sprinkles blew by from SW from 2-2:30. Visibility.. well, 75 yards until 11am if you looked in the right direction. Later visibility to 10 miles was available - especially NE to W. Other directions had 10 mi. when fog wasn't blowing through; only the very last 2 birds passed on south side of hill. The TVs tried to show there was some thermal lift when Gardner, Fitchburg and other spots received sunshine. Some birds after noon took their advice but the height was quickly lost when moving on. Most flights were eye-level or lower.
Raptor Observations: 10:30 1 BW, distant N. 12:20 4 BW from NE 12:25 1 UA 12:50 1 BW 1:22 1 BW 2:45 2 BW 3:00 1 PG 3:16 1 PG
Locals: 7 TV, 3 RT.
Non-raptor Observations: Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 8 Juncos, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 4 Common Ravens, Towhee. Also: 3 skunks on the down road who took more than a minute to decide which way to run! Final choice: right.
Predictions: Wednesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Southwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. (NOT fair! Bob and John just HAD a slow Wednesday... hope you can surprise us. Noted Clarry Hill had 87 raptors with 50 BWs & Cadillac Mtn. had 42 - mostly SS and OS. There is some hope.) ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw