[Ontbirds]HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (30 Oct 2007) 242 Raptors

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Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2007

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             76            242
Osprey                      10             15            185
Bald Eagle                   2             19            245
Northern Harrier            87            137           1232
Sharp-shinned Hawk          62            184           9446
Cooper's Hawk                7             11            189
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0             35          41011
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3             51
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            59             91           3702
Merlin                       3              5            192
Peregrine Falcon            12             14             30
Unknown                                                    9

Total:                     242            590          56535

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Su Ross-Redmond

Observers:        Brian Hawthorne, Derek Lyon, Don Taylor,
                  Eleanor Kee-Wellman, Jason McGuire, Jennifer Lyon,
                  Mark Cunningham, Mary Carnahan, Tom Bolohan

Lots of cloud today (for once) with moderate to strong SW winds that
eventually turned to the SE. Slightly warmer today with a high of 18 C.

Raptor Observations:
A bit smaller flight today with just 242 birds total...but there was a good
flight of Peregrines with 12...most which passed by before noon while the
winds held to the SW. Once the winds went SE the flight basically shut

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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