[Ontbirds] Toronto - High Park Hawk Watch - Oct. 1 to Oct. 7

Howard Shapiro cathartes at rogers.com
Sun Oct 7 19:41:11 EDT 2012


This is an official posting from the High Park Hawk Watch.

Station: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
View Period: Oct 1- Oct. 7
Station coordinator: Don Barnett
Observers: Ian Mahione, Joe Venturi, Calci Tanti, Bob Falconer, Naish McHugh, Tim McCarthy, Leslie Kinrys, Tim Foran, Don Burton, Anne Marie Leger, Don Barnett, Ian McNeil, Bruce Ferry, Howard Shapiro.

This was another slow week with 235 total raptors observed. The highlight of the week were 10 Bald Eagles observed on Oct. 5. The day with our highest numbers was Oct. 1 when 106 total raptors were observed including 59 Turkey Vultures. 

Our totals for this week and the year to date are as follows:
 
Species                        Sept 24 to 30     Year to Date
Turkey Vulture.......................118...........................488
Osprey.........................................-..............................24
Bald Eagle...............................13.............................50
Northern Harrier.......................2..............................35
Sharp-Shinned Hawk............52...........................670
Cooper's Hawk.........................2..............................48
Northern Goshawk...................-.................................2
Red-shouldered Hawk............-.................................1
Broad-winged Hawk................-..........................1163
Swainson's Hawk.....................-.................................-
Red-tailed Hawk....................21...........................173
Rough-legged Hawk...............-.................................-
Golden Eagle...........................-..................................-
American Kestrel.....................6............................130
Merlin.........................................3..............................12
Peregrine Falcon.....................1..............................14
Unidentified..............................5..............................36

Total......................................235..........................2924


High Park Site Description

High Park is a 400 acre wooded park
dominated by a Black Oak Savannah located just west of Downtown Toronto near
Keele and Bloor. The park is operated by the City of Toronto Parks Department.

The Count site (Hawk Hill) is located
on a small hill
at the north end of the Grenadier
Restaurant parking lot. It is located about 1.5km (1 mile) north of Lake
Ontario, at an elevation of 110 metres above sea level and 38 metres above Lake
Ontario. The site location is N 43 degrees 37 minutes 03.8 seconds, W 79
degrees 28 minutes 56.5 seconds. This station is at the highest point and near
the centre of the park; a steep slope that descends to a large pond is
immediately west of the station. Full time counts have been recorded here since
1993.

The following are partners in our
raptor migration monitoring in the Greater Toronto Region: City of Toronto
Parks and Culture Department, Toronto Ornithological Club, and Local
Naturalist's Clubs.

More information including a summary
of our past observations is available at:

http://www.greatertorontohawkwatch.com/

Observations for this season are not
yet available.
--

Howard Shapiro
email: hprw2006-hawks at yahoo.ca


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