[Ontbirds]HSR: Holiday Beach (04 Nov 2005) 8 Raptors

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Fri Nov 4 16:11:51 EST 2005

Holiday Beach Migration Observatory
Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 04, 2005

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0            200          39653
Osprey                       0              0             84
Bald Eagle                   0              1             91
Northern Harrier             2             18            720
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             16           9309
Cooper's Hawk                0              8            687
Northern Goshawk             0              0             29
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0            545
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           7965
Red-tailed Hawk              3             24           3890
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0             37
Golden Eagle                 1              2             34
American Kestrel             0              0           2015
Merlin                       0              0            114
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             50
Unknown                      0              0            103

Total:                       8            269          65326

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Bob Pettit

Observers:        Claude Radley, Jim McCoy

13.4-17 degrees C. Wind South  4-7 mph, cloudy early (75%) to sunny (1%
cover) at the end of observations (3 pm).

Raptor Observations:
WOW! A nice day but few raptors. One female harrier spent most of the day
gleaning the grasses north of the tower. She also harassed a golden eagle
when it was perched and in flight. It did stay at more than 'wing's
length' at all times.
The Golden Eagle came in over the trees from the northeast just south of
the 'point' and before the 'trout pond'. it veered over the pond and into
the woods south of the parking road. 10 minutes later it was sighted on or
near a rock on the north shore of the trout pond. It flew to a small tree
in the NE corner of the pond for several minutes and then went north to
the 'point' and perched in a small leafy tree for 10 plus minutes. This is
where the harrier entered the picture and 'took on' the eagle. No damage or
even any close encounter was had and the harrier proceeded to forage in the
grasses to the west. The eagle took flight in 4 minutes, circled low over
the marsh and slowly headed west causing every duck (800) to explode
skyward avoiding being a meal. Presently the raptor perched on a far
western tree and explored the new area. Our attention was diverted by the
circling ducks and distant blackbirds.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many large flocks of mixed starlings and red-wings, starlings and rusty
blackbirds, cowbirds, red-wings and others. At 9 am these flocks were
moving westward. In the afternoon they moved eastward. A small group of
blue jays moved eastward the only ones seen all day. Others included crow,
bluebird, robin, pipit, chickadee, goldfinch, ducks, kingfisher,
golden-crowned kinglet, white-crowned sparrow, song sparrow, downey
woodpecker, killdeer.

Rain in late afternoon.
Report submitted by Bob Pettit (redknot at earthlink.net)
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