Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Daryl Turek, Eric Mueller, Rod Chase
Visitors: Lisa Stanley helped with the count for over an hour. Welcome and thank you. Also several visitors who were excited to point out possible migrants. Quite a congenial group where facts and knowledge passed both ways. Welcome and thank you again.
Weather: Wind speed thru noon was 3-5mph(5-8kph) with gusts of to 10(16). Noon hour saw increase to 5-10(8-16) with gusts to 15mph(24kpm) but only for an hour. Rest of day saw 0-5mph with the "5" representing the "gusts"! A NNE direction at the start, N from 10-11am and then NE for the rest of the day. Temps rose steadily from 49F(8.5C) to 60(15.5) at closing. With a strong sun this did n-o-t feel like October! Humidity drop from 80 to 60% helped clear some of the AM fog and mists. Cloud cover of 25% at start was quickly blown to the east -- 5% by 11am and 0% all afternoon. Visibility 15mi(24km) in the AM, 20(32) in the PM. Barometer 30.09 +/- .01 thru the day.
Raptor Observations: Thanks to spurts of Turkey Vultures our count is 84 and not '33.' Two Red-shouldered hawks added some spice and the accipiters and Red-tailed hawks thickened the broth. Of the 3 BEs migrating two were not aged due to distance and the haze.
Locals: RT 3; BE 1 was spotted 3 times, once far to SW, but always ended up north.
Non-raptor Observations: Common Ravens 13, Blue Jays, Juncos, Phoebe, Towhees and 27 Canada Geese.
Monarchs 2 Dragonflies (no id) 2.
Predictions: Possible light rain after 3pm. Otherwise, increasing cloudiness, high in mid-fifties, east wind 5-8 mph. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw