[Ontbirds] HSR: Holiday Beach (09 Sep 2009) 250 Raptors

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Wed Sep 9 23:09:32 EDT 2009


Holiday Beach
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2009
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Turkey Vulture               2             14             14
Osprey                       2             19             19
Bald Eagle                   4             10             10
Northern Harrier             6             46             46
Sharp-shinned Hawk         137            606            606
Cooper's Hawk                5             24             24
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           48            232            232
Red-tailed Hawk              6             32             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            36             79             79
Merlin                       4             11             11
Peregrine Falcon             0              6              6
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     250           1082           1082
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Justin Bosler

Observers:        Claude Radley, Janina Radley, Jim McCoy

Visitors:
Loyal regulars Jim McCoy and Claude and Nina Radley spent a good chunk of
time up top. Also, Wayne and Carmen Hudson from Kingsville; Wayne, and
Andrew Davis from Kings City; park campers, John and Chris ____; Jason
Telasco from Kingsville; and another couple who never made it to the top
tier of the Tower. 


Weather:
Partly to mostly cloudy with East-northeast to Southeast winds at 5 to 10
mph. A warm day with temps. ranging from 20 to 27C. Numerous tall
cumulonimbus clouds building throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
Another fine day of hawkwatching at Holiday Beach. Today we had our first
true, albeit tiny, Broadwing kettle of the season around 10:30 AM,
numbering 22 individuals. Only small groups and singles up until noon when
the "flight" abruptly cut off. Sharpies were coming past consistently all
day, as singletons or in small bunches, and wound up on top with 137 in
total. Also, a good flight of Kestrels (36) by recent standards, but pales
in comparison to the 327 recorded on this date in 1994.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Very similar to today with warm temps., high of 26C, and North- to
South-easterly winds at 5 to 10 mph. There may be a light to moderate push
of raptors ahead of the advancing front.
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Report submitted by Justin Bosler ()
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory information may be found at:
http://hbmo.org/





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