[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
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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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
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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:
Visitors included Barb and Mark Christel from Columbus, Ohio and Dave and
Sherry Krzeminski from LaSalle among others.


Weather:
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
25.5.

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.   

Predictions:
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.
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Report submitted by Don Wiens (wiens0730 at rogers.com)
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory information may be found at:
http://hbmo.org/




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