[Ontbirds] HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (24 Apr 2009) 4912 Raptors

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Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 24, 2009

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             119           3438           5764
Osprey                       4             28             30
Bald Eagle                   9             18             65
Northern Harrier             9             70            101
Sharp-shinned Hawk         344            907           1105
Cooper's Hawk                7             31            114
Northern Goshawk             2              4              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             27            726
Broad-winged Hawk         4316           4697           4697
Red-tailed Hawk             84            727           2745
Rough-legged Hawk            2             26             77
Golden Eagle                 0              8             12
American Kestrel             9             45             61
Merlin                       0              1              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              5
Unknown Accipiter            1              2              6
Unknown Buteo                4             10             30
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             20             63

Total:                    4912          10059          15609

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

Official Counter:        Tim Foran

Observers:        Barry Cherriere, Bouwe Bergsma, Dave Sked, Peter Booker

The newly married Bouwie Bergsma, Dave Sked, Gord from Toronto, Jean
Iron,Ron Pitaway, Dave Dons, Cheryl Edgecombe, ... and many more.

Although the rain never seemed far away,it was a sunny warm/cool day.
Perfect for the large amount of birds that were held up south of Beamer

Raptor Observations:
This was pretty much as good as it gets at Beamer Park. The birds came
through in furious numbers until 5pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Heron

Perfect weather and the Hawk Banquet in the evening should make for a
banner day.
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. © 2009 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch

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