Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Christine Restell, Chuck Johnson, Colleen Tank, Ed Norris, Fay Vale, Jack Miano, Marcus Rhodes, Mark Milnamow, Mark Morris, Marty McNamara, Mike Gendrin, Paul Roberts, Peter Vale, Steve Farrell, Susan Moses, Tom Gottschang
Visitors: Assisting the watch: Steve and Amy Jackson, Lisa Burwell, Daryl Turek plus: Members of Audubon Society of R.I. crew: Laura Carberry, Steve Reinvert, Dave Gumley, Don Heitzmann, Steve Ruscito, Laurrie Jones, Barbarry Rhona, and Brad Turner. Welcome all, hope I got all names correctly and that your next visit has a major flight.
Weather: Wind was from NE until 11AM then variable for the rest of day between N and E, but calling it wind is a stretch! In first hour we had a gust near 5 mph .. otherwise, 0-3 thru noon and lighter for the rest of day. Ugh. Temp of 39F at start and rose to 42 by 10 AM then spiked to 53 by 11AM. Highest temp 56F at 1PM then dropped to 54 at 2PM. Visibility fine for 30 miles and then light haze gradually grayed features at the horizons. Cloud cover 0% gradually increased slightly (5%) with light wispy cirrus streaks paled the deep blue slightly around thru the day.
Raptor Observations: Sharpies were the only double-digit species at 19. Ouch. Add some strong-winging falcons and floating Ospreys and top it off with a few BW's and we get 54 birds. Double ouch. We did have a migrating TV -- full straight-line, no rocking flight E NE to SW.
Locals: BE: the 2 adults & 1 subadult up north; TV 12, RT 3.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Ravens 9, Geese 65, White-breasted Nuthatch, Towhee, Common Loon, Yellow-rump Warbler, Titmouse, House Ween, Phoebe.
Predictions: Sunny, high near 77 (well below treeline..), Northwest wind around 7 mph.
Also predict I'll be a little late tomorrow :( ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw