Port Burwell PP migration watch

Dave Martin dave.martin at odyssey.on.ca
Sun Sep 21 18:31:38 EDT 2003


Migration Watch at Port Burwell PP
September 21, 2003

Today, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 34 visitors and campers joined us at 
Port Burwell P.P. to count migrating hawks, passerines, butterflies and 
dragonflies.

520 hawks of 9 species were counted including 5 Bald Eagles, 3 Osprey, 225 
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 19 American Kestrels, 14 Northern Harriers, 189 
Broad-winged Hawks, 2 Merlin, 7 Red-tailed Hawks and 56 Turkey 
Vultures.  One of the Merlins hung around and caught several dragonflies 
over a period of a couple of hours.  Two kettles of Broad-wings formed 
close enough that most of the watchers go to see this thrilling aspect of 
hawk watching.  Many of the watchers had never seen a Bald Eagle, so five 
in a couple of hours surely has converted them to hawk watchers.

The most impressive migration though was the constant stream of Blue Jays, 
many at tree height.  Between 9 and 10 a.m., we counted over 3500 and the 5 
hour count was just short of 5000.  Our "official" Monarch count was 251 
but many went uncounted because of the large numbers of hawks that kept 
everyone busy. Other passerine migrants included 5 Ruby-throated 
Hummingbirds, 107 American Goldfinches, 7 Tree Swallows, and 15 American 
Pipits.

Among the gulls on the beach were a juvenile plumaged Little Gull and a 2nd 
year bird. The only shorebirds were a Black-bellied Plover and Lesser 
Yellowlegs.

The interpretive migration watch will be held for the next 3 Sundays 
including Oct 12 and one Sat [Sept 27] from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Port Burwell PP is on the Lake Erie shoreline west of Long Point and south 
of Tillsonburg at the east end of Elgin County.  The migration watch is at 
parking lot # 5 in the day-use/beach portion of the park.
Cost: Park entry fee ($6.00) or use your Ontario Parks season's pass.


Dave Martin, Ross Snider, Linda Wladarski, Terry Ricker
Port Burwell, ON
dave.martin at odyssey.on.ca


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