Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Dave Brown, Eric Mueller, JoAnne Hart, Rod Chase, Tom Pirro, Tom Gottschang
Visitors: Great to have Tom Pirro for an hour in the morning and Joe Bourget for an hour in the afternoon. Also helping were Alicia and Joe Kendall, Rick Quimby, and Lauren Konicky. The last drive-up crowd (assuming no one came in Sunday's rain?) was modest and all friendly -- both those who knew what we were doing and many who were delighted to find out. The daily hikers all know us, far sure, and many have our names down pat!
Weather: Wind was from North thru the morning at 3-8mph; afternoon speed 0-5 dropped further and to 0-3mph in the last two hours; direction was variable after noon but ranged NW to NE with an occasional hint of ENE. Temp slowly rose from 48F at 9am to 55 at 2pm before then declining to 53F at 3pm.
Raptor Observations: The day's flight ramped up to the peak 11am hour (17 raptors) before tailing off once again in the afternoon hours. Our double-digit species (TVs, BEs & RTs -- in that order) were 83% of our total of 52 ... Nearly all of the morning birds arrived from the North while the afternoon brought a few more from the E or SE and these passed on South side of summit.
Not migrating raptors: 3 BE, 6 TV.
Non-raptor Observations: Ravens led the way with 17 locals plus 10 who, by protocol, could have been departing. Also seen were Blue Jays, Towhees, 1 Cormorant going north.
No Monarchs seen today.
Predictions: Rain :-(. Hope to have some hikes by a few observers now that the road is closed until spring. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw