[Ontbirds] HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (01 Oct 2012) 613 Raptors

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Mon Oct 1 21:10:37 EDT 2012


Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2012
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Turkey Vulture             445            445           3147
Osprey                       1              1             67
Bald Eagle                   0              0             98
Northern Harrier             9              9            244
Sharp-shinned Hawk          98             98           3420
Cooper's Hawk               13             13            159
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0             12
Broad-winged Hawk           19             19           5980
Red-tailed Hawk             23             23            298
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
American Kestrel             3              3            758
Merlin                       0              0             52
Peregrine Falcon             1              1             26
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              8
Unknown Buteo                0              0              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              5
Black Vulture                0              0              1
Gyrfalcon                    1              1              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     613            613          14282
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Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Todd Pepper

Observers:        Chris Craft, Claude Radley, Gwen Gidge, Jason Craft,
                  John Craft

Visitors:
Another 12 Essex-Windsor area residents out for their first visit,
including the Economic Development Officer for the Town of Leamington and
her husband. A couple from Kingston; a man from Atlanta, Georgia; and, the
winner for the farthest distance award to today, a woman from Romania. 


Weather:
Exactly as the weather station predicted: light winds out of the N of 5 -
10 km/hr then shifed in the p.m. to out of the S; temperatures of 9.6 -
19C.

Raptor Observations:
While it was a modest migration day with 613 birds of 11 species, it was an
interesting day with some unusual birds. First up was an unusually plumaged
Red-tailed Hawk with dark primary tips, a very dark "vest", and heavily
speckled in the underwing coverts. Looking at the Sibley Guide to Birds
(1st Edition), I am speculating that it is a light juvenile of what Sibley
dsescribes as the "western" race (pg. 122).



The second interesting bird was an obvious dark adult Gyrfalcon flying
very high with the Turkey Vultures.



I am still uncertain about the 3rd bird, although based on size it was
likely a Broad-winged Hawk in a plumage not usually seen; i.e. heavily
streaked along the side of the head, but no steaking on the breast or in
the underwing coverts.

Non-raptor Observations:
A fairly slow passerine migration today, but here are some highligts:
Chimney Swift - 28; Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1; Eastern Phoebe - 3; Blue
Jay - 19,332; Red-breasted Nuthatch - 7; 2 Brewer's Blackbird flying on
their own; and 415 American Goldfinch.

Predictions:
An 80% chance of light rain in the morning; temperatures from 13 - 18C;
winds out of the north-east at 15-20 km/hr. It might be a good morning for
falcons.
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Report submitted by Todd Pepper (pepper_todd at yahoo.ca)
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory information may be found at:
http://hbmo.org/






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