[Ontbirds] HSR:revised Beamer Conservation Area (13 Mar 2009) 433 Raptors

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Sat Mar 14 10:03:13 EDT 2009

Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2009

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              30             59             59
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  10             18             18
Northern Harrier             6             10             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             17             17
Cooper's Hawk                2              9              9
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         43             45             45
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk            319            474            474
Rough-legged Hawk            7             14             14
Golden Eagle                 2              2              2
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       1              1              1
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:                     433            655            655

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Tim Foran

Observers:        Barry Cherriere, David Weare, Kevin McLaughlin, Tom Thomas

So many,  Francis Lamont, Tim King, David Sked, Ruis Costa. that nice
couple with the dog...

Around -1, all day. Cloudy in the am, sunny from noon on.
Winds shifting from NE to SE 

Raptor Observations:
Exceptional numbers for this time of year. A steady stream of birds from
11am to 4 pm, and on afterward.

Non-raptor Observations:
21 Tundra Swans, white winged scoter

Tomorrow should continue today's numbers, and possibly exceed them.
Report submitted by Tim Foran ()
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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