[Ontbirds]HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (05 Oct 2005) 67 Raptors

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Thu Oct 6 23:10:17 EDT 2005

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2005

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            420            781
Osprey                       3             16            334
Bald Eagle                   4             16            218
Northern Harrier             1             17            510
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48            322           6314
Cooper's Hawk                1             17            169
Northern Goshawk             0              1              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2          34410
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9            178
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             30           3445
Merlin                       3             14            126
Peregrine Falcon             5             33             88
Unknown                      0              0             75

Total:                      67            897          46654

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Su Ross-Redmond

Observers:        Alf Ryder

Thanks to Don Taylor, Alf Ryder and Bill Brown for helping spot the birds

SE winds...the worst direction for any sort of flight at Hawk Cliff. Still
plenty warm for October with temp to 25.

Raptor Observations:
A small flight today with 67 raptors tallied.  Of interest were the falcons
with 5 Peregrines and 3 Merlins.

Non-raptor Observations:

Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:

Site Description:
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch:
Oldest Hawkwatch in Ontario - since 1931 - located just east of Port
Stanley on the cliff overlooking Lake Erie 

Directions to site:
>From east 401, take the Highbury south cut off at London, follow Highbury
(Hwy 30) south to St. Thomas. Highbury changes into South Edgeware at a
large curve in the road to the west. Follow South Edgeware west to the
first set of traffic lights - Burwell Road, turn left (south) and stay on
this road. It becomes Fairview Ave (Regional Road 22), which runs directly
into Hawk Cliff Road. You will see a sign for Hawkes Cliff Farm, where they
sell fresh vegetables and a gravel road just beyond sign. Just continue
down gravel road to viewing area.

>From west 401, take the Highway # 4 (Colonel Talbot Rd.) exit south,
through Talbotville, road now is Sunset Rd. continue towards St. Thomas;
you will come to a veer in the road, straight up to St. Thomas, veer to
the right for Port Stanley, follow Highway 4, now Sunset to Port Stanley.
As you approach Port Stanley you will come to a large curve  in the road
with a sign saying East St, to the left. Take East St., and follow it to
the first road left, (opposite Port Stanley Water Tower) Dexter Line.
Follow Dexter Line approximately 2 km. and turn right down gravel road at
Hawkes Cliff Farm, and follow gravel road to viewing area 

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