[Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (20 Aug 2012) 33 Raptors

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Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 20, 2012
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2              4              4
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             9             16             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           12             12             12
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9             14             14
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
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:                      33             49             49
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Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

Visitors:
A big thanks to the Jim, Mary and Keith for doing the count today!


Weather:
Moderate winds from the NNW and NE today...always good for pushing the
birds to the lakeshore. Temp to a high of 22C with a lot of blue sky and a
few clouds on and off throughout the day.





Raptor Observations:
The Hawk Cliff hawkwatch is underway for another season and some of our
observers have already been onsite for a few days this August.



Today's flight wasn't too bad for mid-August...helped no doubt by the
northerly winds. A total of 33 raptors were tallied for the day....with
Osprey (2), N. Harrier (9), a Sharpie, Kestrel (9) and the first Broadwings
of the season (12 - most of which were "astronomical" high according to
Jim)....with many more to come! 



The end of August and the beginning of September is a great time to spot
species like Osprey, N. Harrier, Sharpies, Kestrels and some of the local
Bald Eagle family groups...especially along the cliff edge itself.





Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor highlights included a multitude of SWALLOWS ( Bank (few), Barn
(many), Tree and Purple Martin)...Great Blue Heron (typically seen hanging
around on the beach below the Cliff with the gulls)...Yellow-billed Cuckoos
(often sighted by paying attention to clumps of fall webworm) and a single
Wood Thrush seen in the pines just inside the Cabin Path.  Today's "early
birds" included Pileated Woodpecker and Common Loon, both spotted by
Jim...and later in the day a couple of Great-Crested Flycatchers.



A small wave of warblers entertained hawkwatchers on the mound including
Am. Redstart, Blackburnian, Magnolia, Yellow and Black & White. A mob of
Red-eyed Vireos were spotted in the woods, but viewed from the roadside,
which is often the best place to get good looks at migrant songbirds. 
Today's new warbler was Chestnut-sided. 

 

For those interested in dragonflies they were large in number and in size,
mainly Black Saddlebags, Green Darners and a nice look at Fawn Darner. 



Butterflies were also in abundance with Painted Ladies, Cabbage Whites
(lots), Common Sootywings, Orange & Clouded Sulphurs and a few Summer
Azures & Buckeyes along the cliff's edge.  We are still seeing the odd
Tiger Swallowtail, some bedraggled Red-spotted Purples and in the laneways
numerous Eastern Tailed Blues.
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Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm






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