[Ontbirds] HSR: Holiday Beach (10 Sep 2009) 288 Raptors

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Thu Sep 10 23:09:49 EDT 2009


Holiday Beach
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2009
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       2             21             21
Bald Eagle                   4             14             14
Northern Harrier             7             53             53
Sharp-shinned Hawk         187            793            793
Cooper's Hawk                0             24             24
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           20            252            252
Red-tailed Hawk              0             32             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            63            142            142
Merlin                       3             14             14
Peregrine Falcon             1              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     288           1370           1370
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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:        Jim McCoy

Visitors:
Jim McCoy and Wayne and Carmen Hudson kept me company about half of the
day. An additional 6 visitors also stopped by to soak up the beautiful
summer-like weather and look for migrating raptors.


Weather:
Partly cloudy with clouds thinning out through PM. Northeast to
East-northeast winds early on turned East by late AM, and then Southeast by
midday; winds ranged from 2 to 10 mph. Another unseasonably warm day with
temps. topping out at 27C from a low of 18.5C. Visibility 4 to 20+ km.

Raptor Observations:
Continual procession of Sharpies today with ~21 birds per hour. Low numbers
of Broadwings again today with only singles passing by here and there.
Falcons, especially Kestrels, really started moving in the afternoon and
peaked in number (21) in the final hour. Nearly doubled yesterday's Kestrel
count for new single-day high this season at 63. I don't know why it is,
but early evening often provides a good showing of the small falcons. I
believe this is the case at most hawkwatches across the East.

Non-raptor Observations:
SNOWY EGRET/LITTLE BLUE HERON, 1 (seen briefly at a distance yesterday, 9
Sep, and observed perched in small tree at ~800-1000 meters today; hope it
shows at closer range tomorrow to confirm ID)
Black-crowned Night-heron, 8
Bald Eagle, 2 locals

Shorebirds close enough to ID included Killdeer, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Solitary (2) and Pectoral (1) Sandpiper.

Bonaparte's Gull, 2 (molting ads.)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 16

Great Crested Flycatcher, 1 heard only
Eastern Kingbird, 2 (flyovers late AM; getting late)
Red-eyed Vireo, 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1-2
Cedar Waxwing, 65

Large morning flight of warblers going West along the lakeshore with many
too high up to ID; vast majority by calls and visuals were Magnolia. 1 Cape
May among 8 species ID'ed from Tower.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 1
Bobolink, 30
Purple Finch, 1
American Goldfinch, 215

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy and warm with wind becoming Northeast at 10 to 15 mph late in
the day. High of 22C.  Could be another good day tomorrow.
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Report submitted by Justin Bosler (justin.bosler at gmail.com)
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory information may be found at:
http://hbmo.org/





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