HSR: Hawk Cliff (24 Oct 2003) Raptor counts (total=1617)

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Sun Oct 26 07:10:41 EST 2003


Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2003
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             994          13476          13634
Osprey                       1             28            113
Bald Eagle                   5             75            106
Northern Harrier            12            983           1324
Sharp-shinned Hawk          63           5993           8279
Cooper's Hawk                9            477            518
Northern Goshawk             3             35             35
Red-shouldered Hawk         43            681            681
Broad-winged Hawk            1           2245           5319
Red-tailed Hawk            449           2411           2411
Rough-legged Hawk            2             15             15
Golden Eagle                 4             22             22
American Kestrel             4           1910           4527
Merlin                       0             52             97
Peregrine Falcon             0             55             88
Unknown                     27            133            145
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                    1617          28592          37316
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Keith Sealy

Observers:        Alf Ryder, Mike Street

Visitors:
Thanks a bunch to Mike Street and D. Verkley for helping out Keith as a
counters today.  They actually did the count just north of the Cliff along
the Sparta ridge.

Thanks too to Alf Rider who helped cover the Cliff site itself along with
several visitors including Irene and Dorothy from Chatham who helped find
the only Osprey of the day :) Thanks to all who helped out...we really
appreciate it.


Weather:
PLEASE NOTE***** I'm resubmitting the counts for the 24th to ensure I
include the additional counts provided by Alf Rider from the Cliff site
itself. They were independent of the counts done by Keith, Mike and Dave
at a site just north of the Cliff site.


Lots of cloud cover in the morning with light winds initally out of the W.
Winds eventually swung to the SW and got a bit stronger while the sun
broke through by midday. Temp made it to 13 today.

Observations:
Another 1000+ count for today with mostly TV's and Red-tails with just over
400 of each. Had 2 more Rough-legs and 4 more Golden Eagles...and plenty
more to come :)

Most interesting bird today was described as a dark Red-tail...with dark
reddish-brown colouration on the body and wing linings all finely barred
with black wingtips and translucent secondaries and tertiaries and most of
the tail. The tail had a dark, narrow sub-terminal band and thin white
terminal band.


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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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