[Ontbirds] HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (04 Oct 2012) 244 Raptors

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Thu Oct 4 21:10:42 EDT 2012


Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2012
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Turkey Vulture             157           1170           3872
Osprey                       1              4             70
Bald Eagle                   1              2            100
Northern Harrier             3             22            257
Sharp-shinned Hawk          63            320           3642
Cooper's Hawk                2             24            170
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1             13
Broad-winged Hawk            0             72           6033
Red-tailed Hawk              6             47            322
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
American Kestrel             6             14            769
Merlin                       1              2             54
Peregrine Falcon             4              6             31
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                    0              1              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     244           1685          15354
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jeremy Hatt

Observers:        Claude Radley, Frank Dolby, Jim McCoy, Kory Renaud

Visitors:
Three pairs of visitors from Windsor and Chatham visited today.


Weather:
Temperature ranged from 16 - 23C; winds out of the southwest all day
ranging from 1 - 20 km/hr. Clear skies all day with little cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
Moderate breeze out of the southwest along with little cloud cover meant
fewer raptors seen today. Sharp-shinned Hawks and Turkey Vultures continue
to fly over in the greatest numbers. 4 Peregrine Falcons were the
highlight, with one bird flying mere feet from the tower. A total of 244
birds of 10 species were counted.

Non-raptor Observations:
Fewer passerines counted today but Blue Jays went through in moderate
numbers (7,705) along with American Goldfinch (481). 34 Pine Siskins were
counted. 

Predictions:
Current weather report calls for showers all day (40% chance in morning
rising to 60% in the afternoon). Temperatures are forecasted at 12 - 14C;
winds are predicted to be 20km/h and out of the west all day. This will not
be ideal for hawk migration. Perhaps a few Sharp-shinned Hawks will fly
over along with one or two Peregrines since they are often still counted in
poor weather conditions.
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Report submitted by Jeremy Hatt (hattjeremy at hotmail.com)
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory information may be found at:
http://hbmo.org/






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