[Ontbirds] First Broad-wings, MANY Rough-legs at Beamer CA today

Mike Street mikestreet at hwcn.org
Fri Apr 16 20:03:42 EDT 2004

The first few Broad-winged Hawks, seen in haze at a distance, and an
amazing 37 Rough-legged Hawks, were the big news at Beamer Conservation
Area in Grimsby today. Also included in the total of close to 275 birds
were approximately 70 each of Turkey Vulture, Red-Tailed Hawk and
Sharp-shinned Hawk plus one second year Bald Eagle. 

The 22-year old one-day record of 24 Rough-legs was broken only 18 days
ago when 46 of them passed by Beamer. Today's Rough-legs mean that at
least 147 of the species have been counted at Beamer this year, breaking
the previous season record of 145 Rough-legs set in 1991.

Non-raptor highlights today include a single Sandhill Crane which passed
by at a stately pace and a Pileated Woodpecker.

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch will assist birders in learning more about
birds of prey by holding Raptor Identification Workshops from 10AM-3PM
tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, April 17-18, at Beamer Memorial
Conservation Area in Grimsby. Everyone is welcome. No charge. 

Directions: To reach Beamer Memorial Conservation Area take the Queen
Elizabeth Way (QEW) Exit 71 in Grimsby.  Follow Christie St. South and
Mountain St./Ave. to the top of the escarpment. Turn right onto Ridge Road
West and follow to Quarry Road.  Turn right and follow to the park
entrance.  Parking is permitted in the park, the parking lot at the
entrance or on Quarry Road or Ridge Road.  Visitors parking outside should
remember not to leave valuables in their car. 


Mike Street
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
mikestreet at hwcn.org

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