[Ontbirds] HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (06 Mar 2011) 8 Raptors

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Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 06, 2011
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               1             10             10
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              6             16             16
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       8             32             32
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.53 hours

Official Counter:        Chris Escott

Observers:        Barry Cherriere, Cody Law

Visitors:
Barry Cherriere was there a good part of the day, and Cody Law in the
afternoon.


Weather:
Rain, freezing rain and snow overnight gave way to morning flurries and a
day of overcast skies and blustery north winds. Temperatures hovered just
below zero.

Raptor Observations:
Very few raptors passing through. Heavy rain the day before and bad weather
overnight, with the system heading south, stopped most birds from moving.

Non-raptor Observations:
No other interesting avian observations. Driving to Beamer from Toronto in
the morning was an adventure -- multiple spin-outs on icy roads, and a near
miss for this Counter as an SUV in front of me spun out and hit the centre
barrier!

Predictions:
Skies were clearing towards the end of the day, but temperatures to remain
cold, so not likely much action at Beamer as long as the deep chill
continues!
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Report submitted by Chris Escott ()
Beamer Conservation Area, Grimsby, ON information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


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
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. © 2011 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch







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