[Ontbirds]HSR: Holiday Beach (09 Oct 2007) 955 Raptors

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Tue Oct 9 20:10:20 EDT 2007

Holiday Beach
Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 2007

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             593            950           1539
Osprey                       7             28            162
Bald Eagle                   5             18            121
Northern Harrier            28            112            659
Sharp-shinned Hawk         220            749           8072
Cooper's Hawk               19             81            360
Northern Goshawk             0              2              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1          18385
Red-tailed Hawk             35             46            287
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            43             60           1165
Merlin                       1             16             88
Peregrine Falcon             3             38             67
Unknown                                     3             15

Total:                     955           2105          30928

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter: Don Wiens

Observers:        Claude Radley, Jim McCoy, Karen Padbury, none

Visitors included Barb and Mark Christel from Columbus, Ohio and Dave and
Sherry Krzeminski from LaSalle among others.

The start of the day was very promising, with complete cloud cover reducing
to 50% by 9am, and moderate winds out of the WNW/NW. Unfortunately the wind
had shifted to West with a cloudless sky by 11am.  Conditions were very
pleasant with temperatures starting at 16.3 and rising to a maximum of

Raptor Observations:
The Northwesterlies made for a good start dominated by Turkey Vultures and
Sharpies along with a smattering of buteos and Northern Harriers.  This
movement came to a virtual standstill around midday as winds shifted to the
west, although a late flurry of Kestrels provided some interest.

Non-raptor Observations:
Generally migration was light with Goldfinches and Tree Swallows moving
through in small numbers.  Another 6,500 Bluejays were counted.   

Tomorrow promises to be much cooler with a high of 15. Winds are expected
to be light to moderate from the WNW with virtually complete cloud cover
all day.  There is a 60% chance of rain showers intermittently throughout
the day.  Tomorrow could set the stage for some excellent days at the end
of the week and into the weekend.
Report submitted by Don Wiens (wiens0730 at rogers.com)
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory information may be found at:

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