[Ontbirds]Toronto - High Park Raptor Watch Sept. 8 - 14

High Park Raptor Watch hprw2006-hawks at yahoo.ca
Sun Sep 14 22:18:54 EDT 2008


This is an official posting from the High Park Hawk Watch.
 
Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
View Period: September 8 -14, 2008
Station coordinator: Don Barnett
Counters: D. Barnett, R. Carswell, C. Harte, M. Kelch, N. McHugh, N. Murr, D. Peuramaki, H. Shapiro, D. Woods
GTRW Webmasters: A. Hampton & D. Woods
 
We had a pretty good day on Sept. 9th with 192 birds observed. We expect that on Monday, September 15, 2008 the winds will from the northwest with a rising barometer and strong winds. It should be a good hawk day.
 
Our totals for Sept. 9th, the past week and the year so far are:
 
 
Species               Sep 9      Sep 8-14     Year to Date
Turkey Vulture............2.............9...............11
Osprey....................6............10...............15
Bald Eagle................3.............3................4
Northern Harrier..........1.............1................1
Sharp-Shinned Hawk......123...........128..............154
Cooper's Hawk.............3.............5...............10
Northern Goshawk..........-.............-................-
Red-shouldered Hawk.......-.............-................-
Broad-winged Hawk........31............31...............34
Red-tailed Hawk...........-.............2...............12
Rough-legged Hawk.........-.............-................-
Golden Eagle..............-.............-................-
American Kestrel.........19............19...............27
Merlin....................2.............2................2
Peregrine Falcon..........-.............-................-
Unidentified..............2.............8...............11
 
Total...................192...........218..............280
 
High Park Site Description
 
High Park is a 400 acre wooded park dominated by a Black Oak Savannah located just west of Downtown Toronto near Keele and Bloor. The park is operated by the City of Toronto Parks Department.
 
The Count site (Hawk Hill) is located on a small hill
at the north end of the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot. It is located about 1.5km (1 mile) north of Lake Ontario, at an elevation of 110 metres above sea level and 38 metres above Lake Ontario. The site location is N 43 degrees 37 minutes 03.8 seconds, W 79 degrees 28 minutes 56.5 seconds. This station is at the highest point and near the centre of the park; a steep slope that descends to a large pond is immediately west of the station. Full time counts have been recorded here since 1993.
 
The following are partners in our raptor migration monitoring in the Greater Toronto Region: City of Toronto Parks and Culture Department, Toronto Ornithological Club, and Local Naturalist's Clubs.
 
More information including a summary of our past observations is available at:
 
http://www.torontobirding.ca/gtrw/
 
Observations for this season are not yet available.
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Howard Shapiro
email: hprw2006-hawks at yahoo.ca
 


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