[Ontbirds]HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (11 Sep 2008) 221 Raptors

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Sat Sep 13 00:09:14 EDT 2008

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2008

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       8             56             57
Bald Eagle                   0             36             38
Northern Harrier             3             48             48
Sharp-shinned Hawk         172            595            597
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            4            231            239
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            30            329            345
Merlin                       4             23             23
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              1              1

Total:                     221           1331           1362

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Colin Horstead

Observers:        Brian Hawthorne, Eleanor Kee-Wellman, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy,
                  Mary Carnahan, Ronnie Goodhand, Su Ross-Redmond

Today's visitors...Doug Cameron, Jean Mindorff, Sue Southon, Dick & Ann
wilson, Andrea Pember...and thanks to the counters / spotters that made it
out today to man the hawkwatch. :)

Winds started the day moderate from the NE but quickly switched to SE. Temp
got to 22C under very little cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
Though the winds were less than favourable the total raptors for the day
was 221. The majority were Sharpies (172)...while Broadwngs (4) were few
and far between. Harriers (3) have been slow to show up this season...while
Kestrels (30) and Osprey (8) have been appearing pretty much daily. 

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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