[Ontbirds] Dark Phase Gyrfalcon among 394 other raptors Beamer - March 17

Stuart Mackenzie s_a_mackenzie at yahoo.ca
Sat Mar 18 07:27:50 EST 2006

An amazing day of hawk watching at Beamer this St. Patrick's day!
  Around 20 observers enjoyed close to 400 raptors at Beamer Conservation  Area on March 17.  Mostly Red-tailed Hawks (268) and Turkey  Vultures (70).  Red-shouldered Hawks also started to really move  through with 45.  
  At 1420 a very large and dark raptor was observed powering  west around a kilometer south the counting tower.  The bird was  extremely stocky, Red-tailed Hawk size but longer, with swept back and  long, broad-based, pointed wings.  A chase ensued but the bird was  not re-located.      
  This dark phase Gyrfalcon certainly made the day worth while and proved  that the luck of the Irish spreads even to hawkwatching.  
  366 raptors  were observed on the 16th including 12 eagles, 10 Bald and 2 Unidentified.
  Good Hawking,
  Observers: Bruce Mackenzie, George Myers, Dave Copeland, Tom Thomas, Bouwie Bergsma, Barry Cherriere and Stu Mackenzie.
             Take Ridge Road EAST from Highway 20 at the crest of the hill above Stoney Creek and follow Ridge Road approximately 15km east. 
             Look for the stop sign and microwave tower at Wolverton Road.           
             Approximately 2km further EAST along Ridge Road from Wolverton Road is Quarry Road.          
             Turn LEFT (north) onto Quarry Road and go 100 metres to the entrance to Beamer

Stuart A. Mackenzie
Long Point Bird Observatory Program Coordinator
C/O Bird Studies Canada
P.O. Box 160, 115 Front Rd
Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0
519 586 3531 ext. 231 Bird Studies Canada Headquarters
519 586 2885 Old Cut Field Station
519 820 6040 Cell
519 586 3532 Fax
e-mail lpbo at bsc-eoc.org
s_a_mackenzie at yahoo.ca
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