Date: 10/23/19 5:45 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Wachusett Mountain (20 Oct 2019) 52 Raptors

Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2019 22:01:09 -0800
From: <reports...>
Subject: Wachusett Mountain (20 Oct 2019) 52 Raptors


Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 1 2 7
Turkey Vulture 27 300 328
Osprey 0 20 132
Bald Eagle 0 31 131
Northern Harrier 2 6 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 81 344
Cooper's Hawk 3 35 105
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 7 2832
Red-tailed Hawk 5 54 56
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 20 138
Merlin 0 9 52
Peregrine Falcon 1 13 29
Unknown Accipiter 0 18 32
Unknown Buteo 0 4 10
Unknown Falcon 1 2 9
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 3 25 99
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1

Total: 52 631 4325
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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.



Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens 11, 20 Canada Geese.

Monarch 1.

Predictions:
n/a. Delayed posting.
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Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>)
Wachusett Mountain information may be found at:
http://www.massbird.org/emhw


More site information at hawkcount.org:
http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=228


 
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