[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

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
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

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

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

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