Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:30:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Rod Chase
Observers: Bill Rasku, Colleen Tank, Dave Brown, Eric Mueller, Jack Miano, John Cannizzo, Judy Anthony, Kathy Olson, Louise Outler, Mark Milnamow, Mark Morris, Matt Bollus, Meghan Gately, Nancy Given, Paul Roberts, Susan Moses, Ted Mara
Visitors: Eyes on the skies: Paul Roberts, Dave Brown, Mark Morris, Ted Mara, Colleen Tank, Bill Rasku, Wayne Klockner, Eric Mueller, Susan Moses, Nancy Given, John Cannizzo, Kathryn Chihowski, Bob Secatore, Kathy Olson, John Kolb, John Stevens, Matt Bollus, Meghan Gately, Mark Milnamow and Emily, Louise Outler, Judy Anthony, Dan Leahy, Lisa Burwell and probably others I missed? Visitors: Plenty of hikers and others who came up to enjoy the views. Yes it is chillier above the treeline and several groups shortened their visits accordingly..
Weather: Windspeed variably 5-15mph most of the day though gusts of 20+ mph blew sporadically thru noon. Last 1 1/2 hours speed was 5-10mph. Wind from NW at start, by noon from N before wandering back to NW from 3pm until the end.. Visibility was a hazy 15 miles at 8am but as the humidity decreased (70% at 8am to 40% at 2pm) the view was good for 20mi at 10am and 30mi by noon. Cloud cover 75% early but at 10am it reached 60% late morning and 40% all afternoon.
Raptor Observations: After a slow start the flyway gradually opened up and sparked a nice push from 11am until 4pm. A nice push of Broadwings was over 82% of todays flight and nicely spiced up by the kestrels and all. Birds passed on both east and west sides of the platform -- excluding quite a few birds that passed right over our platform. Also, many raptors arrived and/or passed at great height. Locals: TV 11; BE 7 (4 adult & 3 immature); CH 1; RT 5, BW 2, ML 1.
Non-raptor Observations: Non-raptor notes: Ravens 11 patrolling both the airspace and the summit grounds; the normal crew of Juncos, Towhees, a few Chimney Swifts, etc. were around but our eyes were on the nice show overhead! Monarchs 34.
Predictions: Forecast: sunny with light N wind 7mph becoming variable in the afternoon; temp low 60's. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Rod Chase (<rodchase...>) Wachusett Mountain information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw