[Ontbirds]High Park Hawk Watch - - Oct 5 '06 + Year-to-Date

Marc Lichtenberg marclichtenberg at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 6 14:32:12 EDT 2006


This is an official posting from the High Park Hawk Watch.

Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
View Period: Oct 5, 2006
Station coordinator: Don Barnett
Counters: D. Barnett, B. Carswell, C. Harte, M. Kelch, N. McHugh & H. 
Shapiro

Thanks to the many observers and visitors who have contributed to the 
enjoyment and success of the Hawk Watch!

The following are our totals for  Big Day: Oct 5 and Year-to-Date:



Species                     Oct 5     Year-to-Date

Turkey Vulture................627..........1037
Osprey..............................1............34
Bald Eagle..........................0...........22
Northern Harrier..................2..........79
Sharp-Shinned Hawk...........39........1098
Cooper's Hawk.....................6............78
Northern Goshawk................0...........1
Red-shouldered Hawk.............3...........3
Broad-winged Hawk................1.......2534
Red-tailed Hawk.....................68....   217
Rough-legged Hawk................0........2
Golden Eagle...................-...................0
American Kestrel......................6.......220
Merlin.....................................0........16
Peregrine Falcon.......................6.......22*
Other(Swainson's Hawk)...-...................-................0
Unidentified........................7..............54

Total...........................764 .........5412

*Totals for Peregrine Falcon may be high due to local birds which are 
unintentionally counted as migrating individuals.

High Park Site Description:

High Park is a 400 acre wooded park dominated by a Black Oak Savannah 
located just west of Downtown Toronto near Keele and Bloor. The park is 
operated by the City of Toronto Parks Department.

The Count site (Hawk Hill) is located on a small hill at the north end of 
the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot. It is located about 1.5km (1 mile) 
north of Lake Ontario, at an elevation of 110 metres above sea level and 38 
metres above Lake Ontario. The site location is N 43 degrees 37 minutes 03.8 
seconds, W 79 degrees 28 minutes 56.5 seconds. This station is at the 
highest point and near the centre of the park; a steep slope that descends 
to a large pond is immediately west of the station. Full time counts have 
been recorded here since 1993.

The following are partners in our raptor migration monitoring in the Greater 
Toronto Region: City of Toronto Parks and Culture Department, Toronto 
Ornithological Club, and Local Naturalist's Clubs.

More information including a summary of our past observations is available 
at:
http://www.torontobirding.ca/~gtrw/
Observations for this season are not yet available.

Marc Lichtenberg

marcslic at hotmail.com




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