[Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (04 Oct 2012) 85 Raptors

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Thu Oct 4 21:10:44 EDT 2012

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              58            591           3982
Osprey                       3              4            184
Bald Eagle                   0              1            140
Northern Harrier             0             18            570
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            151           5804
Cooper's Hawk                1             10             96
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1          37165
Red-tailed Hawk              1             39            410
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              1
American Kestrel             4             21           2765
Merlin                       1              2             66
Peregrine Falcon            11             15             95
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:                      85            853          51281

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

Official Counter:        Matt Oswald

Observers:        Colin Horstead, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy, Mac McAlpine,
                  Mary Carnahan

Thanks to Colin, Matt, Mac, Mary, Keith and Jim for getting today;s count. 

Wonderful day at the Cliff...with warmer temps...but VERY windy from the
SW.  Skies were cloudy to start but opended up from mid-morning on.

Raptor Observations:
Total birds for the day was 85....with the highlight as expected a number
of Peregrines passing by the hawkwatch (11)....Other species included TVs
(58), Osprey (3), Sharpies (6) and a single Cooper's Hawk, also a lone
Redtail...then Kestrels (4) and a single Merlin.

One of the more interesting Peregrine flybys occurred when a larger bird
was spotted as it disappeared behind the bushlot out in front of the
observation knoll.  This bird then popped up over the large Elm tree just
to the left of the counters taking them completely by surprise as it was an
adult Peregrine! They only got to observe it briefly as it crossed the
field and disappeared to the west.  Had all the observers been looking
towards the cliff (since that's typically where the Peregrines show up on
winds like today)....they would've missed this bird completely.  :)

Just a single Redtail today ...certainly not the best weather for
buteos...and even the other falcons didn't seem willing to fly in such

Non-raptor Observations:
Early birders had 5 Sparrow species this morning (Song, Lincoln's, Swamp,
White-throated and White-crowned)  plus later in the day a Towhee was
spotted at the south end of HC Rd.  An Indigo Bunting also put in an
appearance in the general vicinity of the parking area.  On the way down
Fairview Rd, 5 Eastern Bluebirds were spotted at Roberts Ln and a mob of
European Starlings were hanging out just south of Dexter Line.  Other early
birds were 2 Common Loons and a Killdeer.  As well, Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches were seen just inside the Woods Path
and in the bushes across from Sharpie Alley.


Somewaht later in the morning, a single Canada Goose crossed the field
heading east, as did a lone Cormorant.  Flocks of Goldfinches and Blue Jays
crossed the field in modest numbers in front of the mound throughout the
morning...and a single RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD crossed the mound today in
the latter part of the morning.   

A walk through the "butterfly meadow" just north of the mound and on the
opposite side of the road yielded many good butterfly sightings and a
Common Yellowthroat, our only warbler of the day.  


By late morning, many Butterflies had been spotted, including a Red
Admiral, 2 Crescents (the ones with black clubs), several Monarchs, 2
Painted Ladies, 2 Fiery Skippers, a single and very bedraggled looking
Eastern Tailed Blue, and many Common Buckeyes (one observer noticed 9
nectaring on a small patch of purple asters), Cabbage Whites and both
Clouded and Orange Sulphurs.


Black Saddlebags and Green Darners were the Dragonflies of note today.

Predicted Westerly winds for the next 3 days...with possibly SW on Monday.
However, with th much colder weather passing through the area I would
expect a bit of movement for later in the weekend and into Monday.
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
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