[Ontbirds] HSR: Beamer Conservation Area (11 Mar 2009) 10 Raptors

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Wed Mar 11 22:03:25 EDT 2009

Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 11, 2009

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1              6              6
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   5              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              4              4
Cooper's Hawk                1              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3             99             99
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      10            133            133

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Sandra Horvath

Observers:        Barry Cherriere, Frank Horvath, Ian Smith

Strong winds with stronger gusts from the West and major cloud cover for
most of the day...partly sunny in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
The strong winds made for a slow day raptor wise with the exception of
Eagles. Juvenile Bald Eagles sighted at 10:10 and 10:15; a 2nd year Bald
Eagle at 1:25; mature Bald Eagles at 1:40 and 3:20. Ian Smith, Barry
Chereier and Frank Horvath assisted with the count.

Non-raptor Observations:
Contrary to weather predictions, a nice though very windy day at Beamers
produced lots of sun and 5 Bald Eagles.  An unidentified swallow was most
likely a Tree Swallow.  Five Wild Turkeys roamed the adjacent field and
woods to the south.  A total of 9 Killdeer flew past during the day along
with a multitude of Robins.
Report submitted by Sandra Horvath ()
Beamer Conservation Area, Grimsby, ON information may be found at:

Site Description:
The hawk migration at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area is conducted by
the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). The counting is all done by
volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a counter have to be a
member. Typically one person is the designated counter for each day but
other observers present assist with the spotting and identification. 
Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a wooden floor. For
wind protection on the cold days of March, a black plastic wind guard is
installed around the tower’s platform. This platform easily accommodates
ten people but on most busy days, no more than five or six observers would
be on it.  

The site lies within a publically accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display the day’s observations for the public. The box enclosing the sign
contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public as well as bulletin
boards with news and historical sighting records.


Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 72, follow Christie St./Mountain
St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road West, and go
1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to the
conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. © 2008 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch

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