[Ontbirds] HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (06 Oct 2012) 769 Raptors

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Sat Oct 6 21:10:02 EDT 2012

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             571           1840           4542
Osprey                       1              5             71
Bald Eagle                   7              9            107
Northern Harrier             3             27            262
Sharp-shinned Hawk         147            526           3848
Cooper's Hawk                6             42            188
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1             13
Broad-winged Hawk            0             72           6033
Red-tailed Hawk              4             51            326
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              3
American Kestrel            27             43            798
Merlin                       1              4             56
Peregrine Falcon             2              9             34
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:                     769           2631          16300

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Todd Pepper

Observers:        Bob Hall-Brooks, Bob Pettit, Donald Pye, Frank Dolby,
                  Rayfield Pye

Rayfield and Donald Pye from parts east dropped in for their annual
Thanksgiving weekend visit and did their usual great spotting. Frank Dolby
from Pennsylvannia hung in their despite the cold. Four Sisters from the
Madonna House in Windsor came for their 2nd visit this fall. Peter and
Astor from Kingsville came for their first visit having recently moved to
the area. There was a couple from LaSalle and a family of 3 from Windsor
out for their first visit. And, a couple from Ann Arbor, Michigan came for
their annual visit, but left saying they would be back this year. Last, but
far from least, was Rita from London and a plate of home-made (healthy)
chocolate-chip cookies. I wonder if I said the words "peanut butter" that
my favourite cookies might show up!

As predicted, but without the sun! Winds were out of the west all day with
a range of 10 - 20 km/hr, and the temperature ranged from 6.5 - 10.6C.
Deduct about 3 degrees for the wind and height effects and it was cold on
the tower today. 

Raptor Observations:
A fun day despite the weather. The west wind kept most relatively low,
although some were distant both south and north of the tower. A total of
769 birds of 10 species. A real nice mix of Bald Eagles today with 1st,
2nd, & 3rd year plumaged birds, as well as our resident pair of adults. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A relatively brisk morning of passerine migration, but it dropped off
quickly after 12 EST. Highlights include:

Great Egret - 45

Chimney Swift - 29

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1

Blue Jay - 4,130

Indigo Bunting - 7

American Goldfinch - 189.

Notable by their absence today was the frequent calls of Sora Rails that
have greeted me every morning since September 1st. Also notable by their
absence is any notable movement of American Robins, American Crows and
American Robins so far. Four Crows came up on the eastern horizon today,
but they never did fly west.

Sort of like today, but with colder temperatures (5 - 11C); and weaker
winds (5 - 11 km/hr) out of the west. Look for more Sharp-shinned Hawks,
and Cooper's Hawks should start showing up in good numbers.
Report submitted by Todd Pepper (pepper_todd at yahoo.ca)
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory information may be found at:

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