[Ontbirds]HSR: Beamer Conservation Area (30 Apr 2006) 91 Raptors

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Mon May 1 09:05:25 EDT 2006

Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 30, 2006

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1           3526           5772
Osprey                       0             52             54
Bald Eagle                   2              9             77
Northern Harrier             2             55             85
Sharp-shinned Hawk          38           1357           1524
Cooper's Hawk                4             90            185
Northern Goshawk             0              0              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            113            676
Broad-winged Hawk           27           1275           1275
Red-tailed Hawk             12            989           2981
Rough-legged Hawk            0             34             98
Golden Eagle                 1              9             11
American Kestrel             1             29             59
Merlin                       0              6             12
Peregrine Falcon             0              4              8
Gyrfalcon                    0              0              1
Unknown UA                   0              9             26
Unknown UB                   1             47             88
Unknown UF                   1              3              4
Unknown UE                   0              1              4
Unknown UR                   0             15             44

Total:                      91           7623          12990

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Mike Street

Observers:        Alfred Raab, Colin Horstead, Phil Waggett

Many people on site enjoying the day and the birds, including a birding
couple visiting from Oxford, England who were directed to the conservation
area by people they met in the QEW service centre parking lot.

Blue skies with high wispy clouds for the whole day; an east wind that got
stronger during the day was complicated at times by strong northern gusts
off Lake Ontario.

Raptor Observations:
Long-time hawkwatchers agreed that the view presented by the immature
Golden Eagle was the best they had ever seen at Beamer. The bird came in
just above the trees and did a loop over the tower with full bright sun on
its back. Wow! The two immature Bald Eagles were also low but a bit furhter

Non-raptor Observations:
First sightings this year at Beamer of Nashville, Black-throated Green and
Yellow-rumped Warblers, and an Eastern Kingbird.
Report submitted by Mike Street (mikestreet at hwcn.org)
Beamer Conservation Area, Grimsby, ON information may be found at:

Site Description:
Beamer Conservation Area is located on top of the Niagara Escarpment above
the town of Grimsby, Ontario. The site is 1km south of the south shore of
Lake Ontario, 20km east of Hamilton, 40km west of Niagara Falls. 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 72, follow Christie St./Mountain
St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road West, and go
1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to the
conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your

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