[Ontbirds] Toronto High Park Raptor Watch -Oct. 11 - 17

High Park Raptor Watch hprw2006-hawks at yahoo.ca
Sun Oct 17 17:44:27 EDT 2010


This is an official posting from the High Park Hawk Watch.

Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
View Period:  October  11 - 17, 2010
Station coordinator: Don Barnett
Counters: D. Barnett,H. Elliot C. Harte, M. Kelch, A.M. Leger, N. McHugh, N. 
Murr, H. Shapiro,
GTRW Webmasters: D. Woods

We had one notable sighting this week. On Saturday morning, the large cluster of 
hawk watchers had the pleasure of observing a low flying Short-eared Owl 
circling overhead at Hawk Hill. A spirited challenge from a local Red-tailed 
Hawk encouraged its departure southward to the lake shore. Our best day was 
October 12th when 457 raptors were observed of which 403 were Turkey Vultures

Our totals for October 12, the past week and year to date  are:



Species                      Oct 12       Oct 11 to 117    Year to Date
Turkey Vulture..................403.................821............2431
Osprey............................-...................-..............43
Bald Eagle........................-...................2..............37
Northern Harrier..................-...................5..............45
Sharp-Shinned Hawk...............10.................146............1780
Cooper's Hawk.....................-...................1..............47
Northern Goshawk..................-...................1...............3
Red-shouldered Hawk...............-...................5..............12
Broad-winged Hawk.................-...................-............1157
Swainson's  Hawk.......................................-...............1
Red-tailed Hawk..................41.................111.............291
Rough-legged Hawk.................-..............-....-...............-
Golden Eagle......................-...................-...............1
American Kestrel..................2...................5.............236
Merlin............................-...................4..............18
Peregrine Falcon..................-...................1..............19
Unidentified......................1...................7..............67

Total...........................457.................865............5950


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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