[Ontbirds]HSR: Holiday Beach (30 Oct 2007) 1174 Raptors

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Tue Oct 30 18:10:07 EDT 2007


Holiday Beach
Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2007
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            1091          28472          29061
Osprey                       0             52            186
Bald Eagle                   0             49            152
Northern Harrier            15            510           1057
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21           4896          12219
Cooper's Hawk                7            315            594
Northern Goshawk             0              9             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          5            298            299
Broad-winged Hawk            0             16          18400
Red-tailed Hawk             31           1559           1800
Rough-legged Hawk            0              3              4
Golden Eagle                 0             27             27
American Kestrel             0            503           1608
Merlin                       0             31            103
Peregrine Falcon             0             57             86
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                4             21             25
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Raptor               0              0              6

Total:                    1174          36822          65645
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Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Don Wiens

Observers:        Olga Klekner

Visitors:
Annual visitors from Dayton, Ohio were on the tower yesterday and again
today.  Some Windsor friends joined us for a while as well. 


Weather:
Today was a beautiful, almost cloudless day with a low of 9.8 rising to a
balmy 16.9 degrees.  There was a moderate SW breeze shifting to S and
becoming lighter later in the day.

Raptor Observations:
Migration was minimal until the TVs started flying at about 10am EST.  The
first few kettles moved down the beach at low elevation, but as expected
with the weather conditions the flight moved steadily northward and higher
until we were straining to see distant specks.  An adult peregrine falcon,
while not being counted, provided interest by perching repeatedly on the
same branch of the "eagle tree", were it was when we left, and might well
be when we get back tomorrow morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many large mixed groups of blackbird species moved through today, as did
several thousand Crows and some enormous flocks of Starlings. Tree Swallows
and various passerines were seen in small numbers.    

Predictions:
Tomorrow should be very similar to today with winds from the S to SW, a low
of 10 and a high of 16, but with cloudy periods in the morning increasing a
little in the afternoon.  No precipitation is expected.  
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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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