6 Responses to “Pack Monadnock yesterday, home today – same difference”

  1. Greg Connolly September 19, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    909 Wow. In Franconia this past weekend in the White Mts. Saw none. Have they passed this area already on their way south? What is the counting process?

    • Eric Masterson September 19, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      Hi Greg
      I think they are to the south of you already, altho I have to say that there is no reason at all why you shouldnt be seeing this type of activity from the Franconia area. Perhaps next year we can plan a hawkwatch from your deck.

  2. Tom & Anne Marie Warren September 19, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    This is incredible! Did you see this kettle with binoculars or a scope? Tom & I were on Pack Monadnock yesterday and there was a lartge kettle with 656 while we were there but they were difficult to see without a scope. What a wonderful sighting!
    Anne Marie

    • Eric Masterson September 19, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      Hi Anne Marie – with the naked eye. Beyond words.

  3. Noel (Peterborough, NH) September 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi Eric. Fantastic! Just curious — about what time of day did you see this kettle? I’m starting to get the impression that the biggest numbers of hawks tend to rise up later in the afternoons, rather than earlier in the day.

    • Eric Masterson September 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Noel:
      My impression is that better views of hawks and kettles are had later in the day but I dont think that there are more per se in the sky at this time. The sun doesnt really start to heat up the ground before 10am, and that puts the first kettling activity at around 11-noon. I have certainly seen massive flights during this midday window, but they are often distant, obscured in haze, and rising rapidly. Contrasting this with evening flights, which are generally using weaker thermals and not getting as much lift, putting them in reach of spying eyes. Midday kettles can literally rise to altitudes beyond the reach of the best optics, 800 to 1000 meters altitude.

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