HSR: Hawk Cliff (21 Sep 2003) Raptor counts (total=1541)

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Sun Sep 21 11:09:55 EDT 2003


Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2003
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5             26             26
Osprey                      15             57             57
Bald Eagle                   4             14             14
Northern Harrier            59            118            118
Sharp-shinned Hawk         267            836            836
Cooper's Hawk               10             15             15
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         1052           1128           1128
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           123           1410           1410
Merlin                       3             22             22
Peregrine Falcon             0              9              9
Unknown                      3              4              4

Total:                    1541           3639           3639
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Tom Bolohan

Observers:        Dave Brown, Harvey Patterson, Shay Redmond, Su Ross

Visitors:
LOTS of visitors out again today...great finish to the second of our big
September Hawk Cliff weekends. 


Weather:
A nice surprise for the morning as the winds started out from the NE and
moderate. This intitially resulted in a really good flight BUT it wasn't
to be for long as the winds switched BACK to the SE (yet again!!!). Temp
to 21 so a little cooler. Some cloud in the early afternoon but mostly
blue sky.

Observations:
Well...today the Broadwings finally moved...just too bad the wind didn't
cooperate more :) Had a total of 1052 Broadwings. Some really decent
Northern Harrier numbers today with 59. Also 3 excellent Merlins...one
which roosted at the end of the day right in front of the counters...nice
view in the scopes!

1000's and 1000's of Blue Jays moving through today...basically a
continuous stream all day long. Of interest was the White-Tailed Deer buck
(6-point) that almost walked into the count area before realizing we were
there and bounded off into a nearby bush! Lots of Monarchs today as well.

Predictions:
Rain for Monday....need I say more?  :)
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Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm


Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch:
Oldest Hawkwatch in Ontario - since 1931 - located just east of Port Stanley on the cliff overlooking Lake Erie 

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