[Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2012) 539 Raptors

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Wed Oct 17 01:10:19 EDT 2012

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             511          16276          19667
Osprey                       0             13            193
Bald Eagle                   0             36            175
Northern Harrier             0             93            645
Sharp-shinned Hawk          24           1693           7346
Cooper's Hawk                1             58            144
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             20             23
Broad-winged Hawk            0              4          37168
Red-tailed Hawk              2            354            725
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              3
American Kestrel             0            162           2906
Merlin                       1             11             75
Peregrine Falcon             0             36            116
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:                     539          18761          69189

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Colin Horstead

Observers:        Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

Teddy (Cabbagetown T.O.)...and Ken Wootton (London).

100 % cloud cover, stiff wind from the west, but sometimes a few degrees of
north. Thinking a rain shower east of HC was responsible for a boring time

10 to 11 am .... birds had probably treed for a bit.

Raptor Observations:
Excluding the hour of 10 to 11 am, there was a steady stream of TVs using
the same " channel " ( almost directly above Dexter Line ) to reach Port
Stanley. Very few birds seen north of B and B site.

Total birds today was 539 with the bulk TVs (511), Sharpies (24), a single
Cooper's Hawk, a couple of Redtails and a lone Merlin.

Non-raptor Observations:
Despite today's dark and gloomy conditions, there were mobs of Kinglets
(Ruby-crowned & Golden-crowned) along Hawk Cliff Rd and even bigger mobs of
Yellow-Rumped Warblers.  Near the Cliff, 2 Brown Creepers were spotted as
well as 2 additional Warbler species with singles each of Blackpoll and
Palm.  Both Red-breasted & White-breasted  Nuthatches were found up and
down the road and a very busy Downy Woodpecker spent most of the day
chipping away in a dead tree at the mound.  Also hda 5 Killdeer observed
flying past the elm in the field.

Just south of the corner of Dexter and Hawk Cliff Rd the west field was
dominated by about 150 Euopean Starlings and another flock of a similar
size was seen throughout the day around Sharpie Alley and southward to the

Blue Jays and Crows were keeping a very low profile today but many
American Robins were heard and seen (they were warbling away merrily most
of the day) just south of the ravine.  1 Hermit Thrush was spotted in the
same area feeding quietly, lower down in the dogwood and a single Gray
Catbird zoomed from one dogwood bush across the road to another dogwood
bush and disappeared within.

Observers enjoyed some really nice Sparrow sightings today with multiples
of Song and White-throated, plus individuals of Swamp, Field and Lincolns. 

Inadvertently omitted from the list for Oct. 14 was a single Monarch
Butterfly observed late in the afternoon.  The only bugs noticed on the
15th were midges which are still annoying present and found as we scoured
the bushes for songbirds.
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
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