Spectacular Day at
Mount Wachusett Hawk Watch
September 15, 2013
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It was a sensational phenomenon
and we were all thrilled to see 14,535 raptors migrating past Mt.
Wachusett on September 15, 2013. This was a day that we all dream about!
It was literally a river of Raptors to be sure! The huge push was from
around 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, but who had the time to look at our
watches!! That is just a guesstimate. The birds were EVERYWHERE! We did
get some kettles in the afternoon, but not with the intensity as we had
earlier in the day.
Paul Roberts, Steve Olson, Dave Goodine and I
were joined by many hawk watchers, and visitors who were mesmerized by
this wonder of Nature. There were many oohs and ahhs heard as the birds
flew past, some at, and below eye level. The kettles were breathtaking
with hundreds of hawks in each one, utilizing this method of flight. As
they began to peal off, the streams appeared like an armada leaving to
continue their journey in search of the next thermal. Please check out
Hawkcount.org for the details on species and numbers seen. Paul said
that it was the 4th largest Broad-wing flight in Eastern Massachusetts.
The last impressive number was 24 years ago. WOW!
Many hikers and
visitors were amazed at the spectacle before us. I ran around passing my
binoculars to anyone who wanted to see the birds. The smiles on their
faces indicated how astonished they were.
Well, just wanted to share this good news with you. Tomorrow may be a
good day, so we are going back for more, one can never see too many
Official Counter: Steve Olsen
Obervers: David Goodine, Paul Roberts,
Rod Chase, Ursula Goodine
Weather: Temp-mid 50s to high 60s by
the pm. Wind was light from W with shifts to SW & NW. Had little effect on
the migrating birds. Sunny with clouds. Visibility very good. At least 75
miles all around. Boston, Western MA, Northern NH, and Vermont all clear.
Some haze on lower horizon.
Observations: The fifth largest
Broad-winged hawk migration in a single day in the past 24 years.
Outstanding! Many Bald Eagles- 8 mature birds and 7 immature birds.
Non-raptor Notes: Sapsucker, Juncos,
Towhees, Ravens, & lots of Commorants.
Visitors: Bessie Kim & Jack Mammone,
George & Judy Gove.
OBSERVERS: Jane Sender (1st time on
Wachusett), Marcus Rhodes, Jenifer Glagowski, Judy Davis, Ann Smith, Sandy
Shepard, Katherine Chihowski, Sam Miller, Kathy Olson,Ursula & David
Goodine, Paul Roberts, Rod Chase, Steve Olson, Jackie Boucher.
to the Summit were treated to a display of Raptor activity not seen in
years. A fantastic day for all.
Next Day Forecast: Iffy! Possibility
that there may be showers in am. Overcast during the day. Winds from the
NW. Have no idea on how high or low the ceiling will be. We'll find out in
HMANA Hawk Count September 15, 2013 Summary for Mount Wachusett
HMANA Hawk Count September 2013 Summary for Mount Wachusett
Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch, 2013
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