HSR: Beamer Conservation Area (18 Apr 2003) Raptor counts (total=467)

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Wed Apr 23 13:16:27 EDT 2003


Beamer Conservation Area, Grimsby, ON
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2003
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              14           1291           4192
Osprey                       4             29             30
Bald Eagle                   0              6             55
Northern Harrier             4             22             56
Sharp-shinned Hawk         235            679            999
Cooper's Hawk                7             54            161
Northern Goshawk             0              1              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             11            436
Broad-winged Hawk          180            180            180
Red-tailed Hawk              2            222           1712
Rough-legged Hawk            0              3             24
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             9             31             50
Merlin                       1              5              8
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              2
Unknown UA                   0              4             23
Unknown UB                   1              2            142
Unknown UF                   0              2              2
Unknown UE                   0              0              3
Unknown UR                   9             18            109

Total:                     467           2562           8197
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Site Coordinator: Glenn Barnett

Observers:        

Weather:
Light winds from the East and warm temperatures reaching a high of 10°C
dominated the day.  There was cloud cover all day but good visibility.

Observations:
Today was a Sharp-shinned hawk day with 235 sharpies passing over the
observers.   Also a goodly number of Broad-winged Hawks made an appearance
much to the delight of those attending the annual open house.  These were
the first Broad-winged Hawks of the season and they couldn't have picked a
better day to display their natural talents. Others included the usual
squadron of Turkey Vultures, a few osprey, some Norther Harriers, a
smattering of Cooper's Hawks, a lone Red-shouldered Hawk a zippy Merlin
some Red-tailed Hawks and several American Kestrels.  All in all a good
selection to teach all those visitors about raptor migration.

Today's open house was reasonably well attended and a good time was had by
all.  The hawks did their best to put on a good show with a respectable
variety for all the visitors.
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Report submitted by Bill Brown ()
Beamer Conservation Area, Grimsby, ON information may be found at:
http://www.hwcn.org/link/niaghawk/index.html


Beamer Conservation Area is located on top of the Niagara Escarpment above the town of Grimsby, Ontario. The site is 1km south of the south shore of Lake Ontario, 20km east of Hamilton, 40km west of Niagara Falls. To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 72, follow Christie St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your car.

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