[Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2011) 234 Raptors

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Sun Oct 23 19:10:23 EDT 2011

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2011

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             199          16467          16625
Osprey                       0             42            185
Bald Eagle                   0             45            144
Northern Harrier             9            489            975
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19           6345          11594
Cooper's Hawk                1            264            313
Northern Goshawk             0              6              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             37             37
Broad-winged Hawk            0            762          73018
Red-tailed Hawk              3            275            299
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             22             22
American Kestrel             1           2311           5033
Merlin                       1             73            131
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             38
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
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     234          27153         108421

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Colin Horstead

Observers:        Clive Hodder, Jim Dunn, Kathy, Mary Carnahan

A few visitors today...Bruce and Monica Gates (Sudbury) and Ann Goulden
(Sarnia).  Thanks to the counters and observer for today...Colin , Clive
H., Kathy, mary and Jim.

Winds were moderate from the W then backing slightly to the WNW. Temps were
cooler...starting at 7C and getting to a high of 12C under solid cloud
cover for the day.

Raptor Observations:
A smaller flight today with a total of just 234 birds tallied. The majority
of this count was TVs (199) with other species ...Harriers (9), Sharpies
(19), Redtails (3) and singles of Cooper's Hawk, Red-shoulder, Kestrel and
Merlin.  All these birds were easily eye-balled passing just above treetop

Non-raptor Observations:
Despite the wind, cool temps, angry sky and occasional drizzle, it was a
great day for non-raptor birding at Hawk Cliff and at the B&B.  

Early-morning hawkwatchers at the observation knoll spotted 63 Common
Loons in loose flocks, one consisting of 12 birds which were "scattered
over the sky".  Other  species seen on the wing were a Pileated Woodpecker,
assorted Blackbirds including Grackles and Starlings, plus a flock of
Red-breasted Mergansers which is a first for this fall at Hawk Cliff. 

Birding the roadway yielded WT Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, RC
Kinglets, DE Juncos and Am. Robins...and other great finds including
several Blue-Headed Vireo, Blackpoll Warbler, a few White-crowned Sparrows,
G.C. Kinglets, YB Sapsucker and 2 E. Phoebes.  BC Chickadees, Song
Sparrows, Cardinals and Blue Jays were also part of the mix.  The dogwood
and olive bushes north of the gate at Sharpie Alley were full of Hermit
Thrush and at least 2 very late Swainson's Thrush.  At this location a
larger flock of blackbirds lit on the trees on the west side of the road
and among them were at least 20 Rusty Blackbirds.  


Later in the morning and into the early afternoon, noteworthy non-raptor
sightings continued, some commonplace, some downright amazing.  A flock of
about 100 Crows flew about, sometimes interfering with TV counting; a few
Northern Flickers also flew to and fro; 6 Killdeer, 5 Wood Ducks, a Great
Blue Heron, and a Kingfisher were spotted as well.  7 Horned Larks were
larking about in the field in front of observers and towards the end of the
afternoon, a flock of 12 Eastern Meadowlarks flew across the field, heading
straight for the observers, and passing low overhead.  Despite the
deteriorating light conditions, the birds were so low we were able to see
colours and field marks clearly.  What a sight!

Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
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