Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Levi Burford
Observers: Eric Mueller
Visitors: 34 visitors came to the hawk watch today. Not bad for a cloudy day. Many said they were taking advantage of the auto road being open for the last day this year.
Weather: Lightly raining when I got up there, the clouds moderated and stayed steadfast through the day. The temperature rose from freezing to 40 and inched down again. I pulled the plug at 2:30pm when the temperature started to dip while the precipitation was moving in.
Raptor Observations: Not a good day for migration. No sun or wind to bring any lift or help in getting south.
Non-raptor Observations: We got eyes on the Fox Sparrow from the platform today. I love those sparrows! The large, red sparrow was associating with the 60 or so Juncos that were traveling around in the vicinity of the platform. Also heard a distant Pine Siskin this morning several times. In the distance I caught 9 finches descending to the ridge of North Pack. I suspect Purple Finches but am not confident.
Predictions: Some mixed forecasts for tomorrow. Looks like there might be no count in the morning at least but I might be hiking up for the afternoon.
At this point the auto road is closed for the season. If you come, you'll want to plan on walking up. There are two trails, the Wapack Trail and the Marion Davis Trail, as well as the auto road. All are nice but the auto road is the fastest way up. Looking at the forecast there might be several days that are worth walking up! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Levi Burford (<lbburford...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org