[Ontbirds] HSR:Brian Mishell

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Fri May 1 07:05:00 EDT 2009

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 30, 2009

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              48           3629           5955
Osprey                       0             35             37
Bald Eagle                   1             22             69
Northern Harrier             0             84            115
Sharp-shinned Hawk          33           1424           1622
Cooper's Hawk                5             46            129
Northern Goshawk             0              4              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             33            732
Broad-winged Hawk            1           5457           5457
Red-tailed Hawk              3            770           2788
Rough-legged Hawk            1             37             88
Golden Eagle                 0              8             12
American Kestrel             0             51             67
Merlin                       1              7              8
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              6
Unknown Buteo                0             10             30
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             25             68

Total:                      93          11646          17196

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Mishell

Observers:        Barry Cherriere, Brian Hawthorne, Colin Horstead,
                  Jane Weber - Fl., Linda Cherriere

Jane Weber from florida was there for the first two hours, no other

Instead of forecasted winds from the SW we had very light wind from the NW
veering to N. Cloud cover was from 70% to 100%. So no great surprise the
action was slow. Finally rain stopped play at 3. 03 p.m.

Raptor Observations:
An early Merlin sighted over the quarry at 9.20 a.m.A 2 y.o. Bald over the
pines at 10.25 a.m. quite high.A roughed legged hawk at 11.05 Colin
Horstead, Brian Hawthorne stayed until 2 p.m. when rain became imminent.
Most of the Sharped Shins were singles, and 13(14%) of the birds were
spotted over the Willow

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of W.T. Sparrows still there, Barry re-distributed birdseed in the
p.m. so I imagine they will hang around. Easter Towhee also there as well
as a pair of " copulating robins" in the field in front of the farmhouse
kept us alert.Lots of warblers( unidentified) were observed throughout the

I imagine the day tomorrow will be slow at least to begin with.
Report submitted by Brian Mishell ()
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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