[Ontbirds]HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (31 Aug 2007) 71 Raptors

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Sun Sep 2 15:09:01 EDT 2007

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2007

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5              5              5
Osprey                       2              2              2
Bald Eagle                   2              2              2
Northern Harrier             3              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5              5              5
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              4              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            47             47             47
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown                      1              1              1

Total:                      71             71             71

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Keith Sealy


A big thanks to Keith Sealy for getting down on such a nice day and getting
the 2007 Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch off to a great start!!!

Great day to start the hawkwatch for 2007...with light NE winds and some
clouds. Temp was comfortable between 18 and 21 C.

Raptor Observations:
The flight didn't really get going until the wind picked up after 10:00
a.m. and held till around noon. After that the wind let up and so did the
birds. Still...not a bad start with 71 birds total...the majority of which
were Kestrels with 47. Note that 5 TV's were counted due to the fact that
they passed over extrememly high and therefore not considered locals.

Non-raptor Observations:

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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