[Ontbirds]Toronto - High Park Hawk Park Hawk Watch Oct 8 & Oct3-9

Howard Shapiro cathartes at sympatico.ca
Sun Oct 9 21:59:54 EDT 2005


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

Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
View Period: Oct 8 and Oct 3-9, 2005
Station coordinator: Don Barnett
Counters: D. Barnett, B. Carswell, H. Currie, M. Kelch, N. McHugh, & H.
Shapiro

This past week finally saw some weather associated with observing large
numbers of migrating raptors. This happened on both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday was especially good with 1370 birds seen including 1159 Turkey
Vultures. This is the highest one day total for Turkey Vultures in the 10
year history of the High Park Hawk Watch; the previous one day record was
around 930. With these numbers the year to date totals for this species is
now about in keeping with historical averages. This week also saw our first
Northern Goshawks, Red-shouldered Hawks and Golden Eagles and of the year
with 6, 2 and 2 respectively.

Our totals for the October 8th, the past week and the year so far are:


Species               Oct.8       Oct.3-9     Year to Date
Turkey Vulture.........1159..........1542.............1676
Osprey....................1.............3...............50
Bald Eagle................6.............9...............36
Northern Harrier..........1.............8...............31
Sharp-Shinned Hawk.......52...........154..............825
Cooper's Hawk.............4............15...............41
Northern Goshawk..........-.............2................2
Red-shouldered Hawk.......2.............6................6
Broad-winged Hawk.........-.............-..............627
Red-tailed Hawk.........132...........305..............363
Rough-legged Hawk.........-.............-................-
Golden Eagle..............-.............2................2
American Kestrel..........1.............2..............163
Merlin....................1.............2...............21
Peregrine Falcon..........-.............-...............10
Other(Swainson's Hawk)....-.............-................-
Unidentified.............13............17...............36

Total..................1370..........2067.............3899


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/

--

Howard Shapiro
email: howard.shapiro at utoronto.ca



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