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WELCOME TO OUR VIEW| We look at the migration at Mt. Wachusett State Reservation, Princeton MA, in north central Massachusetts from an alternative point of view . The Natural Raptor Association [nra] is a dis-organization of hawk watchers posting observations from this vantage: August through December.

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alt.Wachusett Mt., MA:
August: 8/1, 8/13, 8/20, 8/28
September: 9/1-2, 9/5 , 9/9, 9/10, 9/11, 9/12, 9/13, 9/17, 9/20 9/23 9/24, 9/27-29.
October: 10/17 10/24-5 10/31
November: 11/7 11/22
December: 12/5, 12/12 12/20

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Subject:     alt.Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration
Date:        12.20.98 4:02 PM
To:          massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com

Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA.

This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view 
to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level 
on top. And Sunday's watch was conducted at an alternative to the alternative with a 
more northwesterly view.

12/20/98: NW winds went NE as a weather system bringing rain tonight encroaches on the heels 
of a cold front and ultimately mitigated the effects of what could have been a good push.

The Fall hawk migration continues, as it does every year, into December: now with that 
tagline out of the way, it is the last day of Fall and we now declare the last day of the 
Fall hawk watch. Not to say that hawks won't continue flying south.

Watch for the strong weather system on or about Christmas Day that will bring 
additional Roughlegs, Harriers and certainly the first Snowy Owls into the area 
[the first Snowies are usually here in very early November].

The Goshawks, several hours apart, were both adults close and in good light... bringing ooo's 
and aah's from the gathered multitude of hawk watchers [well, from both of them anyway].

The following hawks were deemed to be migrating:

   2 Northern Goshawks [adults]
   7 Red-tailed Hawks [5 adults; 1 immature]
   1 Rough-legged Hawk [light morph]

Hawk food: 1 migrating Great Blue Heron and a noticeable dirth of other migrating birds.
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Subject:     alt.Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration
Date:        12.13.98 11:13 AM
To:          massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com
Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA.
This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view 
to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above 
sea level on top. And Saturday's watch was conducted at an alternative to the 
alternative with a more northwesterly view.
12/12/98: WNW winds were light and didn't show any southern bent during the 
observation period.
The Fall migration continues, as it does every year, into December.
The following hawks were deemed to be migrating:
   2 Bald Eagles [adults]
   5 Red-shouldered Hawks [adults]
  41 Red-tailed Hawks
   3 Golden Eagles [1 adult; 2 imm.]
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  51 Total
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Subject:   alt.Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration
Date:      12/5/98 7:27 PM
To:        massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com
Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA.
This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view 
to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above 
sea level on top.
12/5/98: Light winds went from W to E over the course of the day; 50F.
Well the Fall migration continues, as it does every year, into December. Following 
a back door cold, not prime conditions: a cold front moving west to east, not north/south 
is best. For a short day of observation, the birds were cruising on by.
The park naturalist dropped by the lower lookout just in time for a couple of redtails, 
a harrier, a shoulder, and the Bald Eagle. He spend ten minutes glued to the 
scope getting a fine look at what for him was a life-plumage.
Also: 1 Northern Shrike [imm.] moving by; a local Raven heard but not seen; and 43
American Goldfinch [largest group: 6]. In past years, six plus species of finches possible 
on any given day in October/November. This year: 2 spp., AG and earlier in late Oct., 
2 siskins.
Mts. Lafayette and Washington, in the Presidental Range of the White Mt. NH [120+ miles 
to the North] were observed but neither was migrating, that we could tell.
The following hawks were deemed to be migrating:
   1 Turkey Vulture [clearly a straggler]
   1 Bald Eagle [White-belly I]
   2 Northern Harriers [immatures]
   1 Northern Goshawk [adult male w/full crop]
   5 Red-shouldered Hawks [adults]
  27 Red-tailed Hawks [25 adults; 2 immatures]
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  37 Total
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Subject:     alt.Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration
Date:        11/22/98 5:08 PM
To:          massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com
Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA.
This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree 
view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above 
sea level on top.
11/22/98: NW winds went W and then SW at 5 mph; temps started in the high 20's 
and work their way up to the low 40's.
For those in the know: of course the Fall hawk migration is still underway from 
Duluth to the Pennsylvania ridge lines to Cape May, and yes, even here in New England. 
Winter raptor rumors are definitely premature, as things are still in Fall flux. Areas 
with professional counters and volunteer organizations worth their salt have daily 
coverage thru the end of November and visit on good days into mid-December.
We were out last weekend with not much to show as Friday was THE day here. The Saturday 
pulse of Redtails on the PA ridges demonstrated we missed it. This weekend, Saturday
probably moved adult Sharp-shinned Hawks and more adult Harriers thru but we were out 
Sunday and had a very fine day anyway [by November standards].
The movement of our northeastern adult Bald Eagle population is just getting underway. 
What?! We had thirty-something Bald Eagles from the alternative watch in August and 
September... what was that flight?? Those were birds whose lives started in Florida 
and who disperse north in the Spring, and summer up here. They return to Florida early 
in the Fall, while our birds are on the move now into December. Hundred Bald Eagle days 
in Duluth in December are now known thanks to work of Frank Nicoletti up there.
This time of the year mostly adult hawks are on the move and the young birds are virtually 
non-existent. There were no Redtails today "hanging around."
The following hawks were deemed to be migrating:
   2 Bald Eagles [adults]
   1 Northern Harrier [adult male]
   2 Northern Goshawks [adults]
   9 Red-shouldered Hawks [adults]
  78 Red-tailed Hawks [71 adults; 6 immatures]
   1 Golden Eagle [adult]
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  93 Total
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Subject:     alt.Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration
Date:        11/8/98 8:34 PM
To:          massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com
Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA.
This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view 
to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level 
on top.
11/7/98: Day after day after day of NW winds continued on Saturday and a trickle 
of late Fall migrants continued.
While this is Redtail season, the adult Red-shoulders and Sharpies keep coming. 
The interesting story was the Harrier flight: 2 adult males, 2 immature males, 
and a lone female. With all the males, I was sort of surprised to see a distant 
Harrier that was clearly a female but not so much so, when it approached and turned 
out to be an adult female.
The following hawks were deemed to be migrating:
   1 Osprey
   5 Northern Harriers
   6 Sharp-shinned Hawks
   5 Red-shouldered Hawks
  28 Red-tailed Hawks
   1 Rough-legged Hawk
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  46 Total
Also on the fall page is a link to a day of hawk watching at Mt.Tom MA and 
more from Cape May NJ.
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Subject:     alt.Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration
Date:        11/1/98 8:26 PM
To:          massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com
Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA.
This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view 
to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea 
level on top.
10/31/98: On the third day following the frontal passage most of the flight got up 
early on NW winds, usually an indication that the day before was a fine day... 
usually twice as many birds.
The following hawks were deemed to be migrating:
   1 Turkey Vulture
   1 Bald Eagle [an adult]
   3 Northern Harrier [2 immatures and 1 adult male]
   8 Sharp-shinned Hawks [all adults but one]
   2 Northern Goshawks [an adult w/youngster]
   8 Red-shouldered Hawks [adults]
  57 Red-tailed Hawks [mostly adults]
   1 Golden Eagle [a juvenile]
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  81 Total
Also on the fall page is a link to a day of hawk watching at Mt.Tom MA and more from Cape May NJ.
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Subject:     alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 10/24-5/98
Date:        10/26/98 7:36 AM
To:          HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU
Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA.
This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view 
to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level 
on top.
Subtle changes in the weather can make all the difference. Both days were pretty balmy 
with highs in the upper 60's. On Saturday [10/24] the westerly flow had a touch of south 
in it and the lowlights were a total of eleven birds. On Sunday, a light west wind 
went northwest on and off producing a much better flight... for New England, this 
ain't the Great Lakes or the PA ridges.
Overall the RT, RS, SS, NG flights have been all adults for the last week. The NH on Sat. 
was an adult male, always a crowd pleaser. The GE on Sunday was a juv. and in view for 
over 20 minutes.
   10/24  10/25
TV   0      10
OS   0       3
NH   1       0
SS   6      28
CH   0       1
NG   1       1
RS   0       2
RT   3      31
GE   0       1
AK   0       1
ML   0       1
   ___     ___
    11      79
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Subject:     alt.Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration
Date:        10/18/98 3:04 PM
To:          massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com

Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 10/17/98: Cold front passed over two days ago but a light SW wind continued the flight for a third day; with a high near 60F. The Sharpies were adults [all but one], while the Coop's are still young birds. The Red-shoulders were all adults; the Gos was a big adult on-soar with a Redtail. The K-birds were all young females. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: 8 Turkey Vultures 1 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 15 Sharp-shinned Hawks 4 Cooper's Hawks 1 Northern Goshawk 7 Red-shouldered Hawks 20 Red-tailed Hawks 5 American Kestrels ___ 62 Total Hawk Food: A Common Loon overhead plus an early movement of Rusty Blackbirds and Robins. Later in the morning, Bluebirds and Kinglets. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 9/27-29/98 Date: 9/29/98 8:48 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. We had coverage for an average half-day for Sunday thru Tuesday. 9/27-29/98: Sunday was a murky day with south winds and temps in the 80's ahead of the weather that took over on Monday... 20+ mph NW winds blew in and didn't really bring any push of birds, on Tuesday the winds diminished to a light westerly direction. One immature Northern Goshawk, 5 Redtails, and 4 Turkey Vultures in the area. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating during the period Sept. 27-29: OS 11 NH 1 SS 23 CH 4 BW 9 AK 9 ML 2 Also migrating: 16 Monarch Butterflies. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 9/24/98 Date: 9/24/98 5:53 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/24/98: 25 mph light west wind turning south, with a high near 60F by noon. A half-day report on the second day after a cold frontal passage. The first bird of the day was an adult Bald Eagle just after 7am EST. Note: One of our operatives stayed around until mid-afternoon and got his/her notes in just after the emails were posted. But those birds: an Osprey, a Broadwing, and a Merlin... plus a Monarch have been added to the total below. 5 Redtails and 4 Turkey Vultures in the area. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: OS 4 BE 2 NH 2 SS 2 CH 1 BW 4 AK 1 ML 2 Also migrating: 2 Monarch Butterflies. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 9/23/98 Date: 9/24/98 12:03 AM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/23/98: 25 mph NW winds, with a high near 60F. Over 30 Bald Eagles for the season from this one point. Two today: a sub-adult and a juvenile made for great looks for a British birder visiting the Boston area. The Cooper's Hawk was also a lifer. A Northern Goshawk, 9 RT, 4 Ravens, and 4 TV in the area. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: OS 6 BE 2 NH 1 SS 37 CH 3 BW 264 RT 3 AK 29 ML 1 ___ 346 Also migrating: 39 Monarch Butterflies. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration Date: 9/20/98 10:47 AM To: massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/19/98: 20 mph out of the SW, subsiding late; 74F. Early fog and a low ceiling dampened the spirits of some and caused other to blow off the day before skies cleared. Yet another point of view on the fall migration: birders from England and the Netherlands around for the day. We spent the day calling birds by their full names and mentioning the passage of even the most common species, not knowing which might be a life bird. Carefully adding American to Kestrel on each occasion and watching birders studying Turkey Vultures and Osprey is, well, a different kind of a day. The American Bald Eagle was a scope-distanced juvenile but a life bird for the visitors. Was it a satisfying look? You may know birders from over the pond take their birding very seriously, so when the British birder [on one knee -- 45°-angled scope set up at under a meter high -- for optimum stability] let out a 'yelp' and grabbed a fistful of air when the eagle had revealed all its mysteries, I guessed the answer was yes. Five Common Loons, 1 Mourning Cloak Butterfly, 2 Common Ravens, 1 young Broad-winged Hawk, 4 Red-tails, and 10 Turkey Vultures in the area. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: 15 Ospreys 1 Bald Eagle 5 Sharp-shinned Hawks 1 Red-tailed Hawk 16 American Kestrels 3 Merlins 1 Peregrine Falcon
Also migrating: 2 R.T.Hummingbirds and 1 Monarch Butterfly. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 9/17/98 Date: 9/17/98 To: HawksAloft.com Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/17/98: light N to NE winds. Morning and afternoon kettles O'Broadwings. 10 Osprey 2 Bald Eagles 2 Nothern Harriers 14 Sharp-shinned Hawks 3 Cooper's Hawks 314 Broad-winged Hawks 18 American Kestrels 2 Merlins 6 Monarch Butterflies and 2 Hummingbirds; a max. of 4 Turkey Vultures, and 4 Red-tailed Hawks, plus that immature Gos in the area and not deemed migrating. ********* Subject: alt. Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration Date: 9/14/98 8:59 AM To: massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/13/98: Mostly North winds following a warm frontal passage; temps finished around 80F. Nice kettles were had by all... But what else in the world of raptors [other than Broadwings] travelled thru our little window on New England on Sunday... you may ask? 31 Osprey 12 Bald Eagles 2 Nothern Harriers 38 Sharp-shinned Hawks 2 Cooper's Hawks 2 Red-tailed Hawks 31 American Kestrels 2 Merlins In addition, 73 Monarch Butterflies [a good number... inland], 1 Hummingbird; a max. of 14 Turkey Vultures, and 8 Red-tailed Hawks were in the area and not deemed migrating. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 9/12/98 Date: 9/12/98 4:47 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/12/98: 20 mph out of the SW at 80F. There was a small rain shield thru the area at noon and that was enough for us. Two species of hawks definitely moving south on the south winds: Ospreys [fly like gulls, yes? Into the wind with little effort] and American Kestrels [flapping all the way, ho-ho-ho]. Speaking of not gliding, the Hummingbirds were on the move too. 6 Red-tails, and 5 Turkey Vultures in the area. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: 10 Ospreys 7 Broad-winged Hawks 6 American Kestrels Also migrating: 5 R.T.Hummingbirds and 1 Monarch Butterfly... boy, were there alot of dragonflies in the area: and they migrate too. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 9/11/98 Date: 9/11/98 8:34 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/11/98: 15 mph W winds, going N late with a high of 70F and no clouds in a "Broad-wing blue" sky [an old hawk watcher's expression]. Another interesting Bald Eagle day... eight today. Only one adult late; the majority of the rest were Juvenile birds. It's interesting here because we're not on a ridge. The BWs were all over a deep blue sky but mostly south [outside our viewing area]: precisely the kind of hawk watching the alternative watch at Wachusett can do without. We did have a nice kettle of 95 birds overhead... that was enjoyable. A Northern Goshawk [5 dates now for this young Gos: 2 in Aug. & 3 in Sept.], 8 RT, and 12 TV in the area. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: OS 2 BE 8 NH 1 SS 10 CH 2 BW 282 RT 1 AK 7 ML 2 ___ 315 Also migrating: 5 R.T.Hummingbirds and 5 Monarch Butterflies. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 9/10/98 Date: 9/10/98 7:01 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/10/98: 20 mph NW winds with a high of 70F as the high pressure system takes over the region. Great fun was had by all... six close Bald Eagles will do that: 3 adults, 1 sub-adult [4+], one Juvenile and a Basic I. The first adult got up at 9:30am DST to start the day, one adult few over the car of the departing summit counter at 3pm DST, and the last two, an adult and juv. passed at 5pm DST just a few yards apart at the tree tops as we all finished loading the scopes and lawn chairs into the cars... but they were in-your-face, so binocs worked just fine! The Broad-wings were mostly singles. A max. of 4 Common Ravens, a Cooper's Hawk, a Northern Goshawk, 6 RT, and 14 TV in the area. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: OS 6 BE 6 NH 2 SS 8 CH 2 BW 76 AK 2 ML 4 ___ 106 Also migrating: 6 R.T.Hummingbirds and 18 Monarch Butterflies. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 9/9/98 Date: 9/9/98 7:47 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/9/98: 20 mph NW winds topping out at 60F with deteriorating/unstable atmospheric conditions thru the day -- lots of low cloud cover and squall lines across New Hampshire to the north. One little rain line in the mid-morning was quickly followed by a Bald Eagle carrying a small fish [Basic I plumage... the plumage formerly know as White-belly I]. Over 150 of the Broadwings passed in a twenty minute window just before noon [DST]. Nearly 100 of those birds were visible in one sweep of the sky. In that same window after the first little rain line and ahead of even more threatening skies and rain, the OS, NH, and the second BE [an adult] migrated. By "window", I mean the Broadwings and other spp. were coming out of the low cloud banks, kettling up, disappearing back into the vapor, then dropping out again in predictable numbers closer still, and passing by in what was a short time window. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: OS 1 BE 2 NH 1 SS 6 BW 164 AK 4 ML 1 ___ 179 Also migrating: 2 R.T.Hummingbirds and 2 Monarch Butterflies... amazing, considering the conditions. A max. of 4 RT and 4 TV in the area. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 9/5/98 Date: 9/7/98 3:23 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 9/5/98: 20 mph NW winds going W in the afternoon and gusting; 70F following a cold front. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: OS 8 BE 1a SS 8 CH 2 BW 7 AK 4 ML 1 ___ 30 Also migrating: 5 R.T.Hummingbirds, one Great Blue Heron, and 9 Monarch Butterflies. A max. of 7 RT, 9 TV and 6 Common Ravens in the area. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. Hawk Migration Date: 9/3/98 To: massbird listserv, massbird@world.std.com The alternative Wachusett Mt. Hawk Watch is open for business at 1540.86' above sea level from the Oxbow overlook... as usual, in August and through November. September 1 and 2, 1998: Two partial days spent observing the migration following a cold frontal passage on Sunday evening produced unstable air on Monday and some migrating hawks on Tues. and Wed. The winds were light moving from the north to the east and then southeast over the two days with temps. in the 70's. Broadwings continue to trickle thru, as they did in August; another adult Bald Eagle cruised by on Tues. and more Ospreys... most early in the morning. The following migrating hawks were observed: 6 Ospreys 1 Bald Eagle 6 Sharp-shinned Hawks 1 Cooper's Hawk 29 Broad-winged Hawks 6 Red-tailed Hawks 4 American Kestrels 4 R.T.Hummingbirds were noted going by this week; the first two migrating Monarch Butterflies drifted by on Wednesday [9/2]; a max. of 10 Turkey Vultures and 3 Common Ravens; one migrating Great Blue Heron; and 4 daytime Nighthawks on Wednesday. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 8/27/98 Date: 8/28/98 5:50 AM To: Hawks Aloft Mailing List Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 8/27/98: following a cold front the winds were N and then NE at 8mph diminishing thru the day; there is an occluding front to the north and Bonnie to the south -- it was a day more of observation than migration. The Cooper's Hawk show was great with several close passings such that one hawk watcher got a "life-look." The young Gos came thru at the treetops then rode thermals up right overhead. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: SS 1 CH 6 NG 1 BW 8 RT 2 AK 1 2 Common Ravens and 16 TV's around for the day. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 8/20/98 Date: 8/20/98 9:28 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top. 8/20/98: Variable winds with a northerly component going W 8 mph; second day after the third cold of August; third watch and the third Bald Eagle. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: OS 1 BE 1a SS 1i CH 1i BW 15 [14 immatures] RT 4 [all immatures] ___ 23 In addition, a max of 3 Common Ravens and a Common Loon, plus the local Juncos and considerable Goldfinch activity. About 7 TV's around for the day. ********* Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA: 8/13/98 Date: 8/13/98 11:10 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1540.86 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top of a "mountain" you can drive to the top of. NW to W 8 incr.to 14 mph; 75F with roaming cloudy skies... the day started foggy and was slow to clear. The following hawks were deemed to be migrating: BE 1 [a white-belly immature, molting] SS 4 [all immatures] BW 26 [24 immatures; 2 adults] RS 1 [immature] RT 1 [immature]; 4 adults not acting migratory ___ 33 In addition, 1 Common Raven and a Great Blue Heron, plus the local Juncos. About 6 TV's for the day. ************** Subject: alt.Wachusett Mt. MA 8/1/98 Date: 8/2/98 7:46 PM To: HMANA Mailing List, BIRDHAWK@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU Mt. Wachusett is a lone peak [not part of a ridge] north of Worcester MA. This report is from the alternative watch which happens at 1500 ft. [90 degree view to WNW-ENE, approx.] while the summit watch [360 degree view] is 2000 ft above sea level on top of a "mountain" you can drive to the top of... as of August 12th. Okay, so it's "JUST a little early" to paraphrase Bob Uecker[Major League,1989] but we can't help it: August thru November, we watch for the entire Fall hawk migration. Behind a cold front, NW winds strengthened throughout the morning hours but Fall conditions are fleeting in August. Several birds were moving south but mostly we'll follow the Smith Pt. TX lead and call'em 'birds seen:' NW 6 incr.to 12 mph; 65F with clear skies. TV 25 [a kettle of 23] BE 1 [a sub-adult, aka 4 yr. plus] BW 6 [all immatures] RS 1 [immature] RT 10 [diferent individuals, all adults] In addition, 2 Common Ravens in with the TVs and, Common Loons calling from the reservoir below. Early, the road up was thick with Juncos. **************