Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Levi Burford
Observers: Francie Von Mertens, Jim McCoy, Julie & Laurel Brown, Mike Gebo, Phil Brown, Phil and Alden Brown, Susie Spikol
Visitors: 245 visitors including a group of approximately 200 that showed up to watch our two Broad-winged Hawks have a second chance at making it in the wild. Even though the day was not perfect for watching the migration of our birds of prey, it was great for watching our rehabilitated birds, both found by roads in Greenfield, NH and Weare, NH.
Weather: The wind was WSW right out of the bat, and there it remained all day. Wind strength was light to moderate, too much for thermal production, I feel. Temps were warm.
Raptor Observations: It just wasn't the day for migration. It would have been nice to have some birds to draw people's attention to during the buildup to the raptor release of the two Broad-winged Hawks that were released at 3pm.
In addition to the migrants noted, the following non-migrants were also observed: 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Cooper's Hawk, and 8 Turkey Vultures.
Non-raptor Observations: Migrant of the day was 1 late Chimney Swift, spotted by Ezra Von Mertens.
Warblers and Vireos consisted of Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-eyed Vireo, and Blue-headed Vireo.
Northern Flicker and Winter Wren continue.
Predictions: Looks like the wind is forecast to be pretty strong out of the southwest tomorrow. I'm not sure that it means much for tomorrow's forecast. I wish Iain luck!
Tuesday looks to have a little more promise with mainly west winds. We might have a little pulse of Broad-wingeds. We are still shy of the 8,900 Broad-winged Hawks that we average every year, so the question is: "How many are there left to migrate through?" Come on up and help us find out! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Levi Burford (<lbburford...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org