[Ontbirds] Toronto - High Park Hawk Watch Sept. 8 - 13

High Park Raptor Watch hprw2006-hawks at yahoo.ca
Sun Sep 13 22:34:29 EDT 2009


This is an official posting from the
High Park Hawk Watch.
 
Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
View Period: September 8 -13, 2009
Station coordinator: Don Barnett
Counters: D. Barnett, R. Carswell, C.
Harte, M. Kelch, A.M. Leger, N. McHugh, N. Murr, D. Peuramaki, H. Shapiro, D.
Woods
GTRW Webmasters: A. Hampton & D.
Woods
 
After a disappointing start to the hawk
migration season during the first 12 days of September at High Park Hawk Watch,
the Sharp-Shinned Hawks and Broad-winged Hawks started coming on Sunday,
September 13th in reasonable numbers encouraged by a medium northwest wind and
at least during part of the day a rising barometric pressure. The Broad-winged
Hawk migration at High Park Hawk Watch should continue for another two to three
days at least.
 
Our totals for Sept. 13th,
the past week and the year so far are:
 
 
Species             
Sep 13      Sep 8-13     Year to
Date
Turkey Vulture...........16............21...............23
Osprey....................9............10...............13
Bald Eagle................1.............5................8
Northern Harrier..........4.............5................6
Sharp-Shinned Hawk......154...........185..............241
Cooper's Hawk.............5............13...............22
Northern Goshawk..........-.............-................-
Red-shouldered
Hawk.......-.............-................-
Broad-winged Hawk.......491...........491..............500
Red-tailed Hawk..........15............23...............39
Rough-legged Hawk.........-.............-................-
Golden
Eagle..............-.............-................-
American Kestrel.........31............43...............49
Merlin....................2.............4................5
Peregrine Falcon..........4.............6...............10
Unidentified..............2.............5...............10
 
Total...................734...........811..............926
 
High Park Site Description
 
High Park is a 400 acre wooded park
dominated by a Black Oak Savannah located just west of Downtown Toronto near
Keele and Bloor. The park is operated by the City of Toronto Parks Department.
 
The Count site (Hawk Hill) is located
on a small hill
at the north end of the Grenadier
Restaurant parking lot. It is located about 1.5km (1 mile) north of Lake
Ontario, at an elevation of 110 metres above sea level and 38 metres above Lake
Ontario. The site location is N 43 degrees 37 minutes 03.8 seconds, W 79
degrees 28 minutes 56.5 seconds. This station is at the highest point and near
the centre of the park; a steep slope that descends to a large pond is
immediately west of the station. Full time counts have been recorded here since
1993.
 
The following are partners in our
raptor migration monitoring in the Greater Toronto Region: City of Toronto
Parks and Culture Department, Toronto Ornithological Club, and Local
Naturalist's Clubs.
 
More information including a summary
of our past observations is available at:
 
http://www.greatertorontohawkwatch.com/
 
Observations for this season are not
yet available.
--
 
Howard Shapiro
email: hprw2006-hawks at yahoo.ca


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