[Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (06 Oct 2012) 241 Raptors

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Sat Oct 6 21:10:46 EDT 2012

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              61            742           4133
Osprey                       0              6            186
Bald Eagle                   3              9            148
Northern Harrier             7             27            579
Sharp-shinned Hawk         120            283           5936
Cooper's Hawk                1             15            101
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1          37165
Red-tailed Hawk              1             40            411
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              1
American Kestrel            43             66           2810
Merlin                       2              4             68
Peregrine Falcon             3             20            100
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:                     241           1214          51642

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Lyon

Observers:        Chris Burris, Derek Lyon, Jim Dunn, Mary Carnahan

Counter today was Jen,...with help from Derek, Chris, Tom Lane (Toronto),
Mary, Jim D., Keith, Alice & Mas from Burlington and a few other visitors.

Much colder today with the passage of a stronger cold front that pulled
down chilly air from the north. Temp started at 5C and got to a high of
just 9C (though it felt colder with the windchill).  Less cloud to start
then building in under a mix of some sun and mostly cloud for the rest of
the day.

Raptor Observations:
A total of 241 birds today...with a few more Peregrines (3) giving us 100
for the season so far. Observers had good low views of Shins & AK's and a
great view of 3 Harriers at once over the Elm, first 2 being males.  In the
middle of the day, it got quite cold and windy and we almost shut down. 
Then in the last hour, we were rewarded with a peregrine coming up fast
from the lake, through the gap and up over the Elm.  Excellent views for
the counters.  The adult male Merlin in the last hour came from behind the
counters to sit in the "Merlin tree" across the field for a good 15
minutes, then went down to the ground and eventually zoomed past the
counters.  The wait through the cold definitely paid off in the last hour!

Non-raptor Observations:
Many thanks to today's observers who, in addtion to counting raptors in
chilly conditions, also managed to accumulate a pretty respectable list of
non-raptor sightings.  A couple of Common Loons were spotted early in the
watch while a walk to the pond yielded a nice look at a pair of Wood Ducks.
 About 30 Canada Geese were spotted on the beach below Hawk Cliff along
with a handful of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls and a single Turkey
Vulture.  Mourning Doves were seen and heard along the roadside and a
couple of flocks of Pigeons flew across the field as did a flock of about
20 American Pipts.  A single Ruby-throated Hummingbird was seen zooming
across the field.  


4 Woodpecker species were noted in the early part of the morning,
including Hairy, Downy, Red-bellied and Northern Flicker while Blue Jays
and Crows were both visible and audible throughout the day. Other sightings
included a Blue-headed Vireo, many Black-capped Chickadees, both
White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Brown Creepers and numerous
Ruby- & Golden-Crowned Kinglets.  Found near the pond was a Tufted Titmouse
(with vocalizations from at least one other).  Titmice are a species we
don't see every day even though we know they are present throughout three
seasons, if not year-round.  Further, 2 Gray Catbirds were found about
halfway down the pond path as were Northern Cardinals, some White-throated
& Song Sparrows and a couple of Warblers including Magnolia and
Yellow-Rumped.  Other Warblers seen throughout the morning in various
locations included Palm, Blackpoll, Nashville and Wilson's for a total of 6
warblers --not bad for early October!  A single Indigo Bunting was reported
and Eastern Towhees were reported in three different locations up and down
the road.  


On the way to Hawk Cliff Rd between Sparta Ln and the Cliff many flocks of
European Starlings were seen as well as a small flock of Red-winged
Blackbirds and 3 Common Grackles.   Eastern Bluebirds were found in the
usual spot near Roberts Line.


At least 10 Monarch Butterflies were seen mostly in the morning before the
heavy cloud covers set in, Buckeyes are still Common in the corn field
although in declining numbers as are both Orange and Clouded Sulphurs with
the odd Cabbage White in that area as well.  A few Green Darners and Black
Saddlebags were noted as well. 

Winds are predicted to be NW moderate to start and eventually backing to
W...but hopefully by then the birds are on the move.
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
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