Observation start time: 09:45:00 Observation end time: 13:45:00 Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: John Weeks
Observers: John Weeks
Weather: Mostly cloudy (increasing from 65% to nearly overcast); very hazy at first, but clearing all the way to Mt Monadnock (60 mi to NE) by watch's end. Temp. 49F to mid-50sF. Wind NW 5-10 (higher gusts in the a.m. hours).
Raptor Observations: Despite the usually favorable NW wind direction, only three Red-tails moved through. Not counted: immature Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, 1-2 Red-tails.
Non-raptor Observations: COMMON REDPOLLS again. I kept seeing about 50 of them, picking at the catkins in the numerous white birches on the hill. Then the Cooper's Hawk appeared, causing over a hundred Redpolls (a murmuration? percussion? polyphony?) to swarm out of the trees. Floating lazily in their midst, the hawk appeared to make no real effort to catch any of them. Also: Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jays (3), American Crows (3), Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Bluebirds (4), Dark-eyed Juncos (2). ======================================================================== Report submitted by John Weeks (<aerie.john...>)