[Ontbirds]HSR: Holiday Beach (01 Oct 2006) 1323 Raptors

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Sun Oct 1 22:10:04 EDT 2006

Holiday Beach
Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2006

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             682            682           1422
Osprey                       0              0             97
Bald Eagle                  10             10             61
Northern Harrier            37             37            467
Sharp-shinned Hawk         307            307           4744
Cooper's Hawk               34             34            218
Northern Goshawk             0              0              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          134            134           7389
Red-tailed Hawk             26             26            186
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel            75             75           1829
Merlin                      12             12             89
Peregrine Falcon             5              5             70
Unknown                                                    6
Swainson's Hawk              1              1              3

Total:                    1323           1323          16588

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Cindy Isenhoff

Observers:        Claude Radley, Dan Lumm, Fred Urie, Karen Padbury,
                  Steve Winiarski

Visitors today enjoyed a busy day on the tower and contributed to spotting
hawks for ID.  Wayne from Dexter MI, Tony & Eva from Clarkston MI, Sid &
Helen from Farmington Hills MI, Janice from Amherstburg, Peter & Judy from
Windsor, and P Broad & Geadie from Windsor.
Thanks for all the help!!

A beautiful, sunny fall day.  For the better part of the morning a
cloudless blue sky, changing to 15% to 35% cloud cover in the afternoon. 
Winds were light from the West in the morning, changing over the day to
South.  Temps ranging from 11.4 C the first hour up to warm 22 C by 3pm.

Raptor Observations:
A very nicely rounded day for species...10 in total with nice number of all
the falcons.  Turkey Vultures began moving in numbers today, while Sharp
Shinned, and American Kestrels continued the exodus.  The absolute high
light of the day came late...about 2:15pm a large unusual hawk was spotted
flying directly under an adult bald eagle.  After much discussion, and a
reference to a couple of field guides the crowd was treated to a very nice
Intermediate Phase Swainson's Hawk!!  We were thrilled!

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jays are moving in large number, 10,520 today.  American Gold Finch
just over 500.  Significant numbers of Cedar Waxwings, and European
Starlings were also tallied.  Among other species noted were:  Red Wing
Blackbirds, Tree Swallows, Chimney Swifts, Ruby Throated Hummingbirds,
Killdeer, Northern Flicker, and early in the day 2 Least Flycathers, and a
late Indigo Bunting thanks to Fred Urie.
Report submitted by Cindy Isenhoff (akahawklady1 at aol.com)
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