Date: 10/22/19 6:34 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (21 Oct 2019) 84 Raptors

Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:33:38 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (21 Oct 2019) 84 Raptors

Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 1 6
Turkey Vulture 51 324 352
Osprey 0 20 132
Bald Eagle 3 34 134
Northern Harrier 0 4 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 81 344
Cooper's Hawk 5 37 107
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 6 12
Broad-winged Hawk 0 7 2832
Red-tailed Hawk 10 59 61
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 21 139
Merlin 0 9 52
Peregrine Falcon 2 14 30
Unknown Accipiter 0 18 32
Unknown Buteo 0 4 10
Unknown Falcon 0 1 8
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 23 97
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1

Total: 84 663 4357
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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.
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.massbird.org/emhw


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http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228

 
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