Toronto-High Park Raptor Watch Sept 9-15

Howard Shapiro cathartes at sympatico.ca
Tue Sep 17 20:42:23 EDT 2002


Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
View Period: September 9 to 15, 2001.
Station co-ordinator: Don Barnett
Counters:D. Barnett, J. Barker, B. Carswell, A. Hampton, B. Kaltoff, N.
McHugh, & H. Shapiro.

Migration continues to be well under our usual totals for this time of
year. The warm weather may have something to do with it. Excpet of a
flight of over 1,000 Broad-winged hawks during the week the migration
has been quite slow. Even the above mentioned total of Broad-winged
hawks is quite low for High Park at this time of year.

Our totals for the year so far are:


Species                       Sept.9 - 15                Year to Date
Turkey Vulture.......................8........................10.....
Osprey..............................12........................12.....
Bald Eagle...........................4.........................4.....
Northern Harrier....................33........................38.....
Sharp-Shinned Hawk.................386.......................463.....
Cooper's Hawk........................6........................12.....
Northern Goshawk.....................-.........................-.....
Red-shouldered Hawk..................-.........................-.....
Broad-winged Hawk.................1628......................1641.....
Red-tailed Hawk......................1.........................7.....
Rough-legged Hawk....................-.........................-.....
Golden Eagle.........................-.........................-.....
American Kestrel...................140.......................159.....
Merlin...............................6.........................6.....
Peregrine Falcon.....................3.........................3.....
Other(Swainson's Hawk)...............-.........................-.....
Unidentified........................27........................31.....
Total.............................2254......................2386.....


High Park Site Description
High Park is a 400 acre wooded park dominated by a Black Oak
Savannah located just west of Downtown Toronto. The park is
operated by the City of Toronto Parks Department.

The Count site (Hawk Hill) is located on a small hill
at the north end of the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot.

It is located about 1.5km (1 mile) north of Lake Ontario, at an
elevation of 110 metres above sea level and 38 metres above Lake
Ontario. The site location is N 43 degrees 37 minutes 03.8 seconds,
W 79 degrees 28 minutes 56.5 seconds. This station is at the highest
point and near the centre of the park; a steep slope that descends
to a large pond is immediately west of the station.
Full time counts have been recorded here since 1993.

The following are partners in our raptor migration monitoring in the
Greater Toronto Region: City of Toronto Parks and Culture Department,
Toronto Ornithological Club, and Local Naturalist's Clubs.

More information including a summary of our past observations and
observations for each day of this season is available at:

http://www.gtrw.ca

--
Howard Shapiro
email:  howard.shapiro at utoronto.ca
Howard Shapiro <cathartes at sympatico.ca>



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