[Ontbirds]High Park Hawkwatch Sept.19-25

Howard Shapiro cathartes at sympatico.ca
Sun Sep 25 20:58:25 EDT 2005


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

Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
View Period: Sept 19-25, 2005
Station coordinator: Don Barnett
Counters: D. Barnett, B. Carswell, H. Currie, M. Kelch, N. McHugh, & H.
Shapiro

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

Pretty much all hawks observed this week at High Park came through on
Friday, September 23rd. Also seen on that day were 1058 Blue Jays. This is
the largest flight of Blue Jays observed at High Park in the last several
years.

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


Species                Sept.19 - Sept.25     Year to Date
Turkey Vulture................77..................93.....
Osprey.........................3..................46.....
Bald Eagle.....................8..................26.....
Northern Harrier...............4..................23.....
Sharp-Shinned Hawk...........136.................639.....
Cooper's Hawk..................7..................25.....
Northern Goshawk...............-...................-.....
Red-shouldered Hawk............-...................-.....
Broad-winged Hawk............380.................626.....
Red-tailed Hawk...............18..................58.....
Rough-legged Hawk..............-...................-.....
Golden Eagle...................-...................-.....
American Kestrel..............26.................160.....
Merlin.........................2..................18.....
Peregrine Falcon...............3...................9.....
Other(Swainson's Hawk).........-...................-.....
Unidentified...................2..................19.....

Total........................666................1742.....


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/

Observations for this season are not yet available.
--

Howard Shapiro
email: howard.shapiro at utoronto.ca



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