[Ontbirds] HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (11 Sep 2010) 86 Raptors

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Sat Sep 11 19:09:19 EDT 2010

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2010

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               2             34             34
Osprey                       7             38             38
Bald Eagle                   0             15             15
Northern Harrier             5             40             40
Sharp-shinned Hawk          52            112            112
Cooper's Hawk                8             27             27
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            1             13             13
Red-tailed Hawk              1             68             68
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9            129            129
Merlin                       0             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             1              6              6
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              1              1

Total:                      86            493            493

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jim Pawlicki

Observers:        Jim McCoy, Todd Pepper

Quite a few came out for the first day of the festival despite the
forecast, including many of HBMO's members.

Starting off clear with clouds moving in and rain coming down by 2 pm DST.
Winds were light out of the SE with temps. ranging from 16 to 21C.

Raptor Observations:
A decent flight of Sharp-shins, but with few other raptor species mixed in.
 A juv. male Peregrine came through in the morning and chased some of the
ducks in the marsh before continuing west.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many of what appeared to be yesterday's Warblers were still around and were
fairly cooperative giving good looks.  Otherwise not many to report other
than the season's first Ruby-crowned Kinglets and 7 fly-by Black-crowned

Should be better. Today's showers will be ending overnight giving way to
sunny skies with cloudy periods. Winds will be NW 15 km/hr with a high of
24C. Festivities will continue tomorrow (see:
http://www.hbmo.org/Festival_of_Hawks_2009.pdf for details), so stop out if
you can!

Report submitted by Jim Pawlicki (Jmpawli88 at aol.com)
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory information may be found at:

Directions to site:
Entering Canada from Detroit at the Ambassador Bridge:
After Canadian Customs, stay left 50 yards, passing over the railroad
You are now on Huron Church Road leading to Highway 401 and Highway 3.
Continue east 3.8 miles to the intersection with Todd and Cabana roads. Go
through the intersection, staying to the right. In less than 100 yards the
main road splits; 401 and 3 continue to the left as the main road and Huron
Church narrows and angles to the right. Follow Huron Church right for 0.5
miles to Disputed Road. After angling a right turn onto Disputed Road,
travel south. PLEASE OBEY SPEED LIMITS, they aer usually monitored.  At 4
miles Disputed Road intersects with Townline Road, and the name changes to
Concession 5. Continue south 5 miles and Concession 5 "T"'s with South
Townline Road. Turn left and travel east 0.2 miles, turning right (south)
onto Concession 6. Continue south for 3.4 miles to the intersection with
Highway 20 at Malden Centre in the town of Amherstburg. There is a
restaurant/convenience/gas store on the southeast corner of the
intersection. Go through the intersection south onto Route 50 for 1.3
miles. The entrance to the Holiday Beach Conservation Area is on the right.
Pay entry fee and continue to the Hawk Tower at the south end of the park.
Park vehicle and walk to the tower.

West bound on Routes 401 and 3

Howard Avenue, Route 9, intersects Routes 401 and 3 east of Windsor. Take
Howard Avenue south to Highway 20 ("T"'s) and turn right (west) traveling
(about 2 miles) to Malden Centre in the town of Amherstburg. A
restaurant/convenience/gas store is on the left. Turn left (south) on to
Route 50 for 1.3 miles; the entrance to HBCA is on the right. 

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