[Ontbirds] Cranberry Marsh Hawkwatch - 8 Oct 2013

Jean Iron jeaniron at sympatico.ca
Tue Oct 8 18:41:31 EDT 2013


Weather: Clear skies at first, then a nice balance of cloud and blue sky for
the rest of the day. Light northwest wind created good flight conditions
from mid-morning until mid-afternoon, then the wind switched to an onshore
breeze off Lake Ontario, which pushed the vultures farther inland.

Observation time: 8 hours

Turkey Vulture - 680
Bald Eagle - 2 (1 juvenile and one 2nd year)
Northern Harrier - 9 
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 47 
Cooper's Hawk - 2 
Red-tailed Hawk - 49 
Broad-winged Hawk - 2 
American Kestrel - 17 
Merlin - 2 
Unidentified Accipiter - 2 
Unidentified Buteo - 1
TOTAL - 813

Other Birds: 55 species including 14 species of waterfowl, 4 Pied-billed
Grebes, 1 Common Gallinule, 1 American Coot, 4 Black-crowned Night-Herons,
10 Great Egrets, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 2 Wilson's Snipes, 1 adult
Bonaparte's Gull, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 4 Common Ravens, 1 Marsh Wren, several
American Pipits, 1 Swamp Sparrow, many Rusty Blackbirds perched in great
light in trees and fed on the path. Blackbird migration was steady
throughout the day, but very few Blue Jays were moving.

Butterflies: Monarch - 33, Common Buckeye, Orange Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur,
Cabbage White and Mourning Cloak.

Official Counter: Jean Iron

Other Observers: Many thanks to everyone who helped spot the birds. Jerry
Ball, Rick LaForest, Scott Martin, Eric Cole, Sean Smith, Rosemary Harris,
Falmai Page, Charlie Adey, Brandon McWalters, Barry Skully, Joyce
Collier-Brown, Jim Logan, David Worthington, Doug Lockrey, King Baker, Jim
Skene, Mike Newell.

OFO Hawkwatching Guide (ID tips, migration times, hawk basics) 
http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.hawkwatching

Directions: From Victoria Street in Whitby go south on Halls Road to the
second short walkway going east to the Cranberry Marsh Lookout.

Jean Iron
Toronto, Ontario





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