[Ontbirds]HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (04 Oct 2007) 68 Raptors

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Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2007

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             18            260
Osprey                       1              6            191
Bald Eagle                   1             14            259
Northern Harrier            17             59           1291
Sharp-shinned Hawk          35             77           9523
Cooper's Hawk                0              2            191
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          41011
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0             51
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            12             21           3723
Merlin                       1             14            206
Peregrine Falcon             1             93            123
Unknown                                                    9

Total:                      68            304          56839

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Colin Horstead

Observers:        Derek Lyon, Don Taylor, Ernie Gribble, Jennifer Lyon,
                  Keith Sealy, Mark Cunningham, Shay Redmond,
                  Su Ross-Redmond

A few visitors despite the weather.

The watch site was socked in for the majority of the day with fog and
didn't break out completely till mid-afternoon. Visibility was
non-existent. The temp still made it to 20 C.

Raptor Observations:
With the heavy fog the flight didn't begin till after the counters had been
sitting for 4 hours with NO BIRDS! (now that's dedication). Finaly got a
few birds each hour through to end of the day. Total today was 68 raptors.

Non-raptor Observations:
The Yellow-billed Cuckoo was around again today (assuming it's the same
bird from a couple of days ago). There were also lots of warblers and other
passerines back in the trees around the count site...likely due to the fog
causing a small fallout....species included; Nasville, Myrtle, Wilsons,
Redstart, Cape May, Lincoln's Sparrow, White Throated Sparrows, Red-eyed
Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Wrenand Brown Creeper.
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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