Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill Rasku , Chris Eddy
Visitors: Compiler Bill Rasku only had company from Chris Eddy and friend Sammy (2-3:30) and Mike Keyser from Philly joined from 2-3.
Visitor's, per Bill: "Wall to Wall to Wall to Wall." (yup, sounds like our day yesterday. At least the leaves are best of the last three years!)
Weather: Fog shrouded the mountain early so visibility was under 1mi/5km but the 100% cloud cover did soon begin lifting and visibility improved to 10mi/16km by 10am and 20/32 from noon on. Noon also came with 100% blue sky. Temp of 50F/10C at start also rose steadily to 61/16 at noon and 68F/20C by 3pm. A SW breeze of 8mph/13kpm drew back to 5-8/8-13 for the afternoon. Humidity 87% at start, 70% at noon and 59% at the end. Barometer 30.00 at 8am, 29.95 at noon and 29.89 at 3pm.
Raptor Observations: The slow but steady flow of raptors started at 10:30 and tailed off at 3pm. Three BEs were all immature and appeared at 10:30, 12:12 & 1:24. The 18 TVs dominated the count.
Locals: BE 2 adults, 1 immature. TVs 2; RT 1.
Non-raptor Observations: Two Common Ravens who hassled the migrating CH and later the local TVs. Also: Ravens 8, 500 Grackles, Towhees, Chickadees, Blue Jays, Robin, White-throated Sparrow.
Predictions: Sunny, high near 60F, NW wind 5-7mph. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw