Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Brian Rusnica
Observers: Tim Mowry
Visitors: Tim Mowry, Billy Hickey, John Jones & guest.
Weather: An unforgettable day weather-wise, as the cloudless sky was not blue, but colorless or pale brown for much of the day. Smoke residue from the west coast hung in the air over much of New England. Winds were light from the N early, and then light from the SW after noon EDT. While the haze didn't necessarily affect air quality, the bright skies seemed to make picking distant birds off the horizon a bit tougher than usual. Morning temps in the 40s required jackets and gloves on the Watatic summit. Raptor Observations: Solid morning flight with the positive wind conditions. Broad-winged Hawks kettled nicely for us near the mountain early, getting altitude slowly and working their way south. Our flight slowed down at 1pm EDT and tapered off weakly. Our largest group was 42 Broad-wings and they were kind enough to kettle right overhead at the summit. We had another decent Bald Eagle and Osprey flight, and a spectacular look at a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk that came low in over the watch. Non-migrant raptors: Turkey Vulture 15 Bald Eagle 4 Red-tailed Hawk 2
Non-raptor Observations: An incredible number of Common Ravens today, estimated at 55. We had 25 in flight well seen in a single scan to the North and West, and then a second large Eastern group on the other side of the mountain just an hour later.
Predictions: Some sites to the North of us had monster days today, which is always promising. However, tomorrow's wind forecast forecast is moderate from the SW, getting stronger throughout the day. Perhaps some early action, but likely a tough day to expect big numbers. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Rusnica (<brian_rusnica...>) Mount Watatic information may be found at: http://www.massbird.org/emhw