[Ontbirds]HSR: Holiday Beach (02 Oct 2006) 138 Raptors

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Mon Oct 2 17:10:23 EDT 2006

Holiday Beach
Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 02, 2006

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0            682           1422
Osprey                       5              5            102
Bald Eagle                   1             11             62
Northern Harrier            11             48            478
Sharp-shinned Hawk          87            394           4831
Cooper's Hawk               14             48            232
Northern Goshawk             0              0              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0            134           7389
Red-tailed Hawk              1             27            187
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel            13             88           1842
Merlin                       3             15             92
Peregrine Falcon             3              8             73
Unknown                                                    6
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              3

Total:                     138           1461          16726

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

Official Counter: Claude Radley


None braved the weather today.

Light rain in the morning with a one hour  thundershower midmorning.
Overcast in the afternoon.  Winds were light, out of the South except
moderate during the thundershower.  Temps 14 - 18C. 

Raptor Observations:
Sharpies dominated.  A Cooper's Hawk was perched behind the office when I
arrived.  A young peregrine made 4 round trips from the area of the office
to the lodge woods and back. On one trip he was carrying a Blue Jay.  He
was still present when I left. 

Non-raptor Observations:
7,750 Blue Jays headed west along with 230 Tree Swallows, 175 Common
Grackles and 75 Gold Finches.  Sparrows numbers are increasing with
Chipping, White-throated, White-crowned, Fox and Swamp present.  There are
still good numbers of Warblers in the park and Ruby-crowned Kinglet numbers
are increasing. 8 Monarchs were seen.

Forecasters are prognosticating mainly cloudy conditions with
thundershowers in the morning and a 50% chance of showers and
thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds are forecast to be light out of the
Report submitted by Claude Radley (ca at radley.ca)
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory information may be found at:

Site Description:
Holiday Beach Conservation Area was formerly a Provincial Park, but is now
administered by the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA). It is
strategically located at the extreme southwestern tip of southern Ontario.
The park is on the eastern end of a large freshwater estuary known as Big
Creek. (Specifically the site is 1.1 miles south of the junction Highway
20 (old 18) and Essex Road 50, Town of Amherstburg).

The Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO) (founded in 1986) is a
non-profit, volunteer organization formed to promote the study and
protection of migrating birds. Activities focus primarily on fall
migration of raptors and other species. This site is in Essex County,
Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Erie near the Detroit River. In 1988,
HBMO persuaded Detroit Edison to donate a 40 foot Hawk Tower which is now
at the site. 

Southwestern Ontario has a funneling effect on migrating raptors due to
the geography of the nearby lakes and the reluctance of most raptors to
cross large bodies of water. Birds gain altitude over the flat farmland to
the north and east, rising easily with the thermals that such areas provide
in abundance. As the birds head south they meet Lake Erie and, reluctant to
cross it , turn west. With appropriate wind and weather conditions, birds
pile up along the lake shore and move west until they reach the narrow
crossing at the Detroit River (or island hop within the river mouth). 

Directions to site:
Entering Canada from Detroit at the Ambassador Bridge:
After Canadian Customs, stay left 50 yards, passing over the railroad
You are now on Huron Church Road leading to Highway 401 and Highway 3.
Continue east 3.8 miles to the intersection with Todd and Cabana roads. Go
through the intersection, staying to the right. In less than 100 yards the
main road splits; 401 and 3 continue to the left as the main road and
Huron Church narrows and angles to the right. Follow Huron Church right
for 0.5 miles to Disputed Road. After anglign a right turn onto Disputed
Road, travel south. At 4 miles Disputed Road intersects with Townline
Road, and the name changes to Concession 5. Continue south 5 miles and
Concession 5 "T"'s with South Townline Road. Turn left and travel east 0.2
miles, turning right (south) onto Concession 6. Continue south for 3.4
miles to the intersection with Highway 20 at Malden Centre in the town of
Amherstburg. There is a restaurant/convenience/gas store on the southeast
corner of the intersection. Go through the intersection south onto Route
50 for 1.3 miles. The entrance to the Holiday Beach Conservation Area is
on the right. Pay entry fee and continue to the Hawk Tower at the south
end of the park. Park vehicle and walk to the tower.

West bound on Routes 401 and 3

Howard Avenue, Route 9, intersects Routes 401 and 3 east of Windsor. Take
Howard Avenue south to Highway 20 ("T"'s) and turn left (west) traveling
to Malden Centre in the town of Amherstburg. A restaurant/convenience/gas
store is on the left. Turn left (south) on to Route 50 for 1.3 miles; the
entrance to HBCA is on the right. 

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