[Ontbirds]HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (10 Oct 2007) 901 Raptors

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Thu Oct 11 02:10:10 EDT 2007


Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2007
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             480            749            991
Osprey                       1             18            203
Bald Eagle                   3             24            269
Northern Harrier            60            267           1499
Sharp-shinned Hawk         178           1759          11205
Cooper's Hawk                3             60            249
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              7              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2          41013
Red-tailed Hawk             13             23             74
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           159            534           4236
Merlin                       0             25            217
Peregrine Falcon             1            102            132
Unknown                                                    9

Total:                     901           3570          60105
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Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Colin Horstead

Observers:        Alf Rider, Barry Cherriere, Jason McGuire, Linda Cherriere,
                  Mark Cunningham, Ronnie Goodhand, Steve Birch,
                  Su Ross-Redmond

Visitors:
Had group of visitors today from a condo group in St. Thomas along with a
few other folks. 


Weather:
Lots of cloud today but without the haze and much cooler (finally!!) with a
high of just 12 C. Winds were NW to start and moderate ...then shifting to
WNW and even a bit SW before getting back to WNW.

Raptor Observations:
Total birds for the day was 901. Of note today was the fact that of the 60
Harriers counted...13 were adult males. This seems early for so many male
Harriers to be moving through...at least compared to previous years. More
TV's on the move today with another 480. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Still quite a bit of activity with passerines in the hawkwatch area. Lots
of warblers still present along with numerous other species. Lots of Loons
passing by as htey headed out over the lake...and still quite a few
Monarchs.

Predictions:
If the rain holds of Thursday and the winds are NW as predicted then we
could see a decent flight. Friday's winds are predicted to be W...but with
clearer weather,,,tough to say what the flight will be like at this point.
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Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm


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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