Observation start time: 09:15:00 Observation end time: 14:45:00 Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill Rasku, Eric Mueller
Visitors: Observing and counting: Eric Mueller and Bill Rasku.
Hundreds of people and dogs on the summit including a steady flow from the ski lift who were enjoying the AppleFest down below. A wonderful mix of faces and languages.
Weather: Wind was from SE at 5mph early then switched to S and 2-4mph at 11am and 0-2 by noon. At 12:45 the breeze surged back to 5mph for half an hour. When the wind died down again so did today's flight. There were 2 SSs that passed an hour later. Cloud cover 50% at start but 100% by 11am and for the rest of the day. Visibility at start was 10mi to N-SW but 5 mi from S to NE. At 12:30 this format was reversed 180 degrees: Boston now visible while Greylock & Stratton were "gone."
Raptor Observations: Start was slow, from 11am-1pm was a steady flow, then after 1pm there were only 2 to go. Of note: 2 NH and 1 BV passed thru today - 1 Harrier was the first bird of the day and 2nd was the last bird of the morning. BV at 12:20 was travelling close to 4 TVs. Noted by Eric: nearly all raptors passed on South side of the summit today.
Locals: 1 BE imm. stayed far to north; TV 1; RT 2.
Predictions: n/a. Delayed posting. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw