Observation start time: 08:15:00 Observation end time: 11:30:00 Total observation time: 2.75 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Daryl Turek, Eric Mueller, Levi Burford Visitors: I went up today fearing the weather forecast but happy to meet Levi Burford from Pack Monadnock. He currently is the counter there 5 days a week and offered to come visit on his "weekend." A few hours of enjoying the updates on each site, trading names of folks we've both met and guessing about the effects of climate change on the migration routes of northeastern raptors. I totally enjoyed this otherwise 'slow' day! We crossed paths with a few hikers and others but the hill was mostly empty -- peacefully foggy.
Eric Mueller and Daryl Turek on the watch today ... unfortunately, neither saw the day's 4 birds but did get a chance to enjoy Levi's company for a bit also.
Weather: Wind from NE all day: 3-5mph/5-8kpm from start to 11am and 5-8m/8-13k thereafter.Temp 45F/7K rose to 48/9 by 11am and on. Fog (100% cloud cover) was around all thru our shortened day. Summit visibility was 100 yds and we resorted to checking various lookouts below the summit. North lookout provided 5 mi. view and an immediate Osprey going by close, flapping with the tailwind. Local passerines held our attention as the next low cloud blew in. A check at the top was no better so Levi (mentioned below) decided to head out. We stopped to talk with Eric and Daryl who had walked down the road -- also seeking visibility. I stopped at the higher ski slope and found 2-4 mile window to peer thru. Three Sharp-shinned hawks graced my view between 11 and 11:30 as the next fog layer was blowing in... at least these birds passed very close! Oh ... weather: humidity 100% at start and 93% at end; Barometer 30.16 to 30.11.
Raptor Observations: OS 9:57 from NE, passed close to North and turned SW. SS 2 at 10:59 SS 1 at 11:10. All passed from N on east side of hill.
One local Cooper's hawk was chasing the last SS then turned back north.
Non-raptor Observations: Levi checked out and photographed bush-birds while we both enjoyed the company and the conversations on this mostly foggy day. Yes, we've both seen many like this.
Predictions: Showers before 8am, fog before 9am. Cloudy thru mid-morning then gradually clearing. High near 63, west wind 5-15mph with gusts to 25. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw