[Ontbirds]HSR: Holiday Beach (24 Sep 2005) 880 Raptors

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Sat Sep 24 22:09:31 EDT 2005

Holiday Beach Migration Observatory
Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2005

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              45            158            158
Osprey                       3             67             67
Bald Eagle                   0             40             40
Northern Harrier            16            316            316
Sharp-shinned Hawk         173           3419           3419
Cooper's Hawk                9            140            140
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk          569           7827           7827
Red-tailed Hawk             31            144            144
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            25           1275           1275
Merlin                       3             67             67
Peregrine Falcon             2             16             16
Unknown                      4              7              7

Total:                     880          13478          13478

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Bob Hall-Brooks, Bob Pettit

Observers:        Bill Murphy, Bob Hall-Brooks, Bob Pettit, Jim McCoy,
                  Karen Padbury

Visitors were many today, the last day of festival.  Many thanks to all of
those searching the skies for those high flying birds.  Special thanks to
Bill Murphy author of "A Birdwatcher's Guide to Trinadad and Tobago" who
spent the day on the tower. 

The day began partly cloudly with mild southerly winds, temperature of 15
degrees C.  Winds became variable, changing to ENE, and finally E,
remaining light.  Temperatures ranged from 15 degrees C, to 22.  By
10:00am the partly cloudly conditions became total overcast, with milk
white skies.

Raptor Observations:
The early morning looked promising with a good variety of raptors.  Two
immature Ospreys came in low over the trout pond to check out breakfast
prospects.  A female Merlin perched in poplar pondside for approx 20
minutes giving all hawkwatchers time to view thru a scope.  At the 10:00am
hour 2 kettles of Broadwings to the north boosted the days count with a
showing of 550.  Late in the day, the "show" began with an unlikely group
containing a Perigrine Falcon, a Norther Harrier, a Sharp-shinned hawk and
a Merlin out to prove who was "top bird".  The Perigrine made the first
move diving at the Sharp-shinned, but in the end all on the tower agreed
the winner was the Merlin. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Strong showing of Blue Jays today with a total over 10,000, most going thru
before 1:00pm.  Gold Finches began strong in the morning, but fizzled out
by 11:00am.  Other birds of note in no particular order were:  3 Greater
Yellowlegs, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 2 Wilson's Snipe, 1 Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, 5 Yellow Rumped Warblers.  Sora Rails were heard calling
throughout the day, but never seen.

Weather for Sunday is less than ideal with a greater than 50% chance of
thunderstorms.  While heavy downpours will affect the migration,
light/scattered showers will not stop many birds.  
Report submitted by Cindy Isenhoff (akahawklady1 at aol.com)
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