[Ontbirds]Toronto - High Park Hawk Park Hawk Watch Oct. 4-10

Howard Shapiro cathartes at sympatico.ca
Sun Oct 10 19:56:27 EDT 2004


This is an official posting from the High Park Hawk Watch.

 

Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
View Period: October 4 to October 10, 2004
Station co-ordinator: Don Barnett
Counters: D. Barnett, B. Carswell, H Currie, N. McHugh, D. Milsom & H.
Shapiro


This was one of the better weeks at High Park in what has been a slow
year. Sunday, October 10th was especially good as we had 360 Turkey
Vultures and 585 total raptors. This week saw our first Northern
Goshawk. Also this week we had some unusual passerines at the Hawk Watch
including a Red-headed Woodpecker on Saturday and our first ever
Northern Mockingbirds (for the High Park Hawk Watch) on Friday.

Our totals for the October 10the, the past week and the year so far are:


Species               Oct10       Oct4-10     Year to Date
Turkey Vulture..........360...........751.............1167
Osprey....................-.............-...............16
Bald Eagle................2.............4...............22
Northern Harrier..........2.............2...............17
Sharp-Shinned Hawk......120...........242..............892
Cooper's Hawk............12............18...............65
Northern Goshawk..........-.............1................1
Red-shouldered Hawk.......5.............5................7
Broad-winged Hawk.........-.............-.............1360
Red-tailed Hawk..........67...........117..............319
Rough-legged Hawk.........-.............-................1
Golden Eagle..............2.............4................5
American Kestrel..........7............17..............130
Merlin....................3.............3...............10
Peregrine Falcon..........1.............4...............27
Other(Swainson's Hawk)....-.............-................-
Unidentified..............4............14...............52

Total...................585..........1182.............4091


High Park Site Description

High Park is a 400 acre wooded park dominated by a Black Oak Savannah
located just west of Downtown Toronto near Keele and Bloor. The park is
operated by the City of Toronto Parks Department.

The Count site (Hawk Hill) is located on a small hill
at the north end of the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot. It is located
about 1.5km (1 mile) north of Lake Ontario, at an elevation of 110
metres above sea level and 38 metres above Lake Ontario. The site
location is N 43 degrees 37 minutes 03.8 seconds, W 79 degrees 28
minutes 56.5 seconds. This station is at the highest point and near the
centre of the park; a steep slope that descends to a large pond is
immediately west of the station. Full time counts have been recorded
here since 1993.

The following are partners in our raptor migration monitoring in the
Greater Toronto Region: City of Toronto Parks and Culture Department,
Toronto Ornithological Club, and Local Naturalist's Clubs.

More information including a summary of our past observations is
available at:

http://www.torontobirding.ca/~gtrw/

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Howard Shapiro
email: howard.shapiro at utoronto.ca




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