[Ontbirds] HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (05 Mar 2013) 15 Raptors

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Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 05, 2013

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             14             24             24
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      15             32             32

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Thomas

Observers:        Bouwe Bergsma, Brian Hawthorne, Glenn Barnett

Visitors today were Bouwe Bergsma, Glen Barnett, and Brian Hawthorne

A cool overcast day, with the sun breaking through mid afternoon. light
winds were from the north and then alternately from the east. Temperatures
were a couple of degrees below freezing for the most part, but may have
warmed up to zero degrees C. by the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Early March is always iffy for a good flight, and today was no exception. A
small trickle of Red-tailed Hawks were the on the move, and we did have a
nice Dark form Rough-legged Hawk in the last hour.

Non-raptor Observations:
There were lots of the expected Winter birds hanging around the feeder, and
the only other bird of note was a Snow Goose, flying over the parking lot
heading south.

Too early in the season, and unseasonable weather to the south to give any
Report submitted by Tom Thomas (tthomas at cogeco.ca)
Beamer Conservation Area, Grimsby, ON information may be found at:

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.


Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. © 2013 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch

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