Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 16:45:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Levi Burford
Observers: Judd Nathan, Karen Kambol, Mark Timmerman, Mike Gebo, Nora Hanke, Peter Kambol, Tom Delaney, with many more...
Visitors: 34 visitors today. Most folks hung out and watched the birds that were closer to the watch. A lot of observation help, we maxed out the platform once again.
Weather: A brisk north wind rose to the middle of the day and then receded a little through the end of the day. The cumulus clouds, numerous at times were a great backdrop against which we were able to spot the migrant raptors.
Raptor Observations: It was a good day of raptor migration by the hawk watch platform. Birds were mostly spread out in the wind. I feel like we earned that 450+/- birds. The largest kettle of Broad-winged Hawks was 32 with some in the process of feeding from another to the north.
The two Northern Harriers were both juveniles.
Non-migrants observed today were 4 Turkey Vultures, and 3 Red-tailed Hawks.
Non-raptor Observations: With the wind it was a tough day for non-raptors around the platform. We did observe the following migrants: 11 Canada Geese 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
2 White-winged Crossbills were observed early, flying over the back of the platform.
The rest were just a smattering of Black-capped Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Yellow-rumps held down the warbler family.
35 Monarch Butterflies streaked by the watch as fast as the Kestrels.
Predictions: Tuesday looks like an amazing day in the morning. We didn't have a strong push late in the day yesterday so I am not sure whether it will start early. Looks like the wind will shift a little but will remain light through the day. We'll see what this means for birds heading south.
Wednesday's weather looks a little less encouraging with strong southwest winds but it looks to set us up for Thursday with west winds and then a stretch of three days from Friday to Sunday with light northern winds. Overall, an encouraging forecast. We'll see if it rings true. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Levi Burford (<lbburford...>) Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory information may be found at: www.nhaudubon.org