[Ontbirds]Toronto - High Park Raptor Watch Oct1-8

High Park Raptor Watch hprw2006-hawks at yahoo.ca
Mon Oct 8 21:58:13 EDT 2007


This is an official posting from the High Park Hawk Watch.
   
   
   
  Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
  View Period: October 1 to October 8, 2007
  Station coordinator: Don Barnett
  Counters: D. Barnett, R. Carswell, C. Harte, M. Kelch, N. McHugh, D., H. Shapiro and D. Woods
  GTRW Webmaster: Andy Hampton
   
   
  A total of 594 birds were observed this week. On Monday, October 08th, 365 total raptors were counted, mostly Sharp-shinned Hawks.
   
  Our totals for the September 22, the past week and the year so far are:
   
   
  Species                Oct8       Oct 1-8     Year to Date
  Turkey Vulture...........82...........130..............394
  Osprey....................-.............1...............32
  Bald Eagle................2.............3...............29
  Northern Harrier..........-.............3...............82
  Sharp-shinned Hawk......230...........369.............1541
  Cooper's Hawk.............4............13...............98
  Northern Goshawk..........-.............-................-
  Red-shouldered Hawk.......-.............-................1
  Broad-winged Hawk.........-.............1.............3757
  Red-tailed Hawk..........25............35..............225
  Rough-legged Hawk.........-.............-................-
  Golden Eagle..............-.............-................-
  American Kestrel.........20............28..............206
  Merlin....................-.............-...............11
  Peregrine Falcon..........2.............7...............19
  -Unidentified.............-.............4...............45
   
  Total...................365...........594.............6440*
   
  *birds observed per hour = 43.44
   
   
  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.
  --
   
  Howard Shapiro
  email: hprw2006-hawks at yahoo.ca
   


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