[Ontbirds] HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (07 May 2010) 18 Raptors

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Sat May 8 11:05:56 EDT 2010

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: May 07, 2010

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture              12             78           6683
Osprey                       0              3             53
Bald Eagle                   0              4             64
Northern Harrier             0              2            106
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            220           2286
Cooper's Hawk                0              5            123
Northern Goshawk             1              1              8
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1            509
Broad-winged Hawk            1             57           2913
Red-tailed Hawk              0             30           2107
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0             26
Golden Eagle                 0              0              8
American Kestrel             0              5             54
Merlin                       0              3             20
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              3
Unknown Buteo                0              1             11
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      18            413          15000

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Tim Foran


Rain was never very far away. It was cool as well. Fortunately the wind was
calm and some birds came through.
Finally the rain began around noon and I packed it in.

Raptor Observations:
The bird were very low and working hard to come through. As a result,  I
had a very good look at a low flying, immature Northern Goshawk and a
heavily streaked immature Broad Winged Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
Purple Martins and a Great Blue Heron.

The rainy weather will persist on Saturday, but there are still birds to
come. Sunday could be good.
Report submitted by Tim Foran ()
Beamer Conservation Area, Grimsby, ON information may be found at:

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is 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 cold days, particularly in 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 publicly 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 seven day's worth of observation data 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 71/72, 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. © 2010 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch

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