[Ontbirds]HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (01 Oct 2006) 4582 Raptors

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Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2006

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            1728           1728           2819
Osprey                      13             13            230
Bald Eagle                  28             28            243
Northern Harrier           103            103           1054
Sharp-shinned Hawk        1365           1365           7024
Cooper's Hawk               39             39            191
Northern Goshawk             2              2             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              2              9
Broad-winged Hawk          895            895          42880
Red-tailed Hawk             42             42            174
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           352            352           4750
Merlin                       3              3            189
Peregrine Falcon             9              9             86
Unknown                      1              1             26

Total:                    4582           4582          59685

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Dave Brown

Observers:        Ches Caister, Colin Horstead, Dave Verkley, Derek Lyon,
                  Jennifer Lyon, Keith Sealy, Mac McAlpine, Tom Thomas

Lots of visitors again today....and they got a nice treat with so many
species passing through.

Lots of fog first thing...then cleared but with quite a bit of cloud for
the remainder of the day. Light WNW and NW winds. Temp to 18C. 

Raptor Observations:
A great flight today once the fog lifted. Total of 4,582 birds tallied of
13 different species...A very good count of Sharpies with 1,365 along with
a couple more Northern Goshawks and Red-shouldered Hawks. A good movement
of Turkey Vultures and a late in the season flight of 895 Broadwings.
Another 9 Peregrine Falcons and 352 Kestrels. The Harrier flight was
decent as well with 103.

Non-raptor Observations:
Still quite a bit of activity for the smaller birds with Blue-headed
Vireos, Phoebes, lots of kinglets (both Ruby and Gold crowned), various
warblers. Many loons passing through and the Blue Jays have really started
to move...counted several thousand passing along the ravine tree line
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:

Site Description:
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch:
Oldest Hawkwatch in Ontario - since 1931 - located just east of Port
Stanley on the cliff overlooking Lake Erie 

Directions to site:
>From east 401, take the Highbury south cut off at London, follow Highbury
(Hwy 30) south to St. Thomas. Highbury changes into South Edgeware at a
large curve in the road to the west. Follow South Edgeware west to the
first set of traffic lights - Burwell Road, turn left (south) and stay on
this road. It becomes Fairview Ave (Regional Road 22), which runs directly
into Hawk Cliff Road. You will see a sign for Hawkes Cliff Farm, where they
sell fresh vegetables and a gravel road just beyond sign. Just continue
down gravel road to viewing area.

>From west 401, take the Highway # 4 (Colonel Talbot Rd.) exit south,
through Talbotville, road now is Sunset Rd. continue towards St. Thomas;
you will come to a veer in the road, straight up to St. Thomas, veer to
the right for Port Stanley, follow Highway 4, now Sunset to Port Stanley.
As you approach Port Stanley you will come to a large curve  in the road
with a sign saying East St, to the left. Take East St., and follow it to
the first road left, (opposite Port Stanley Water Tower) Dexter Line.
Follow Dexter Line approximately 2 km. and turn right down gravel road at
Hawkes Cliff Farm, and follow gravel road to viewing area 

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