[Ontbirds]HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (28 Nov 2007) 19 Raptors

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Wed Nov 28 23:11:53 EST 2007

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2007

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1            915          21313
Osprey                       0              0            209
Bald Eagle                   2             31            398
Northern Harrier             2            107           2110
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            226          16643
Cooper's Hawk                0            133            633
Northern Goshawk             0              9             32
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            490           1131
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          41018
Red-tailed Hawk              6           7655          11003
Rough-legged Hawk            0             26             36
Golden Eagle                 8             83            147
American Kestrel             0              5           4431
Merlin                       0              7            265
Peregrine Falcon             0              0            148
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              7
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              6

Total:                      19           9688          99536

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Verkley


Lots of cloud today with moderate ESE and S winds. Temp made it to a high
of -1C (if you can call that a high!! :)

Raptor Observations:
Despite a fairly small flight of 19 birds total and in only 2 hours of
observing, Dave Verkley managed to spot 8 more Golden Eagles at the
hawkwatch this morning! (apparently the pipeline wasn't quite empty) This
now gives us a total of 147 GE's for the 2007 season and a new 1-year count
record for this species. (the previous record was 146 from 2006). A big
thanks to Dave for getting out and recording this count.  :)

Other birds included 2 Bald Eagles, 6 Redtails, 2 Harriers and 1 TV.

Non-raptor Observations:

Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:

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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