[Ontbirds]HSR: Holiday Beach (05 Oct 2006) 6396 Raptors

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Thu Oct 5 21:10:37 EDT 2006

Holiday Beach
Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2006

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            5544           6437           7177
Osprey                       1              6            103
Bald Eagle                   2             17             68
Northern Harrier            32             91            521
Sharp-shinned Hawk         382            883           5320
Cooper's Hawk               51            124            308
Northern Goshawk             0              0              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          145            411           7666
Red-tailed Hawk             86            123            283
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel           144            258           2012
Merlin                       6             25            102
Peregrine Falcon             3             13             78
Unknown                                                    6
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              3

Total:                    6396           8389          23654

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Claude Radley

Observers:        Brent Schlenk, Fred Urie, Jim McCoy, Pat Schlenk,
                  Steve Winiarski

Three classes of Public School children and their escorts were among our

Brisk North-Northeast winds and high cloud to highlight the birds in the
morning. A couple of hours of nearly clear skies in the early afternoon
with Cumulus then forming and flattening to a layer of Stratocumulus. Cool

Raptor Observations:
The flight was dominated by TVs with a good showing of Sharpies.  A late
surge of Kestrel kept us on the tower longer than usual. They were still
flying when we had to leave.  At the end of the watch we noted numerous
Broadwings decending from above binocular range into the park.  We could
have used more eyes today!  Many distant birds were not counted.

Non-raptor Observations:
Migrants included: Blue Jays 8,420 Kildeer 170 Goldfinches 350. 
Non-migrants reported by Fred included Pine and Orange-crowned Warblers
and 85 Green-winged Teal.  Kinglet numbers contue to increase.  No Hummers
or Monarch Butterflies were noted today. 

A lot like today but a little more comfortable with lighter winds and a bit
warmer.  Mostly sunny with some high cloud to highlight the birds.  Light
to moderate winds continuing out of the Northeast. Morning low near 4C
afternoon high near 15C. 
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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