[Ontbirds] HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (08 Oct 2013) 482 Raptors

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Tue Oct 8 19:10:04 EDT 2013

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 2013

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             365            806           4418
Osprey                       1             11             68
Bald Eagle                   4             25            248
Northern Harrier            18             34            253
Sharp-shinned Hawk          46            309           4820
Cooper's Hawk               23             83            335
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0             18
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2          48628
Red-tailed Hawk             14             27            394
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
American Kestrel            10            172           1062
Merlin                       1             10             70
Peregrine Falcon             0              9             29
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              1
Gyrfalcon                    0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              7

Total:                     482           1489          60361

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Todd Pepper

Observers:        Carol Pitts, Ed Pitts, Jim McCoy, Larry Ludwicki

Cathy and Jim from Cleveland stopped in for a couple hours after birding
Point Pelee yesterday. Gary & Pixie from Chattanooga, Tennessee made a
round about stop coming to us from Hawk Ridge in Duluth, Minnesotta before
heading back home.

Not a cloud in the sky all day, which made it hard on the eyes for raptor
counting. The temperature ranged from 11.6 - 21.4C. The winds were out of
the West for the 6 hours of the count and then shifted to the South-East.
The winds were light all day from 2 - 8 km/hr

Raptor Observations:
I thought there might be a build up of raptors ready to migrate after
yesterday's strong winds, but that was not the case. We had a total of 482
raptors, 75% of which were TV's. No big highlights, but the Bald Eagles
just keep coming with 4 more today.

Non-raptor Observations:
The Blue Jays that wanted to fly yesterday started flying first thing this
a.m. and were still flying as the raptor count closed for the day with a
total of 6,686 Jays counted. "Blackbirds" started strong in the a.m., but
the rush only lasted 2 hours. In that time we counted: 472 European
Starlings; 974 Red-winged Blackbirds; 34 Rusty Blackbirds; and, 1 Common
Grackle. Monarchs - 27 

A repeat of today, sunny, temperature ranging from 9 - 19C, however, winds
are forecasted to be out of the SE all day in the 10-15 km/hr range.
Report submitted by Todd Pepper (pepper_todd at yahoo.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:

Directions to site:
1. Entering Canada from Detroit at the Ambassador Bridge:

After Canadian Customs you are on Huron Church Road leading to Highway 401
and Highway 3. Continue east through the construction to HOWARD AVENUE
ROUTE 9 SOUTH. Turn RIGHT onto HOWARD ROUTE 9 and 'carefully' follow signs
south TO ITS END at County Road 20. Turn RIGHT (west) on County Road 20.
Continue west to intersection with Route 50 with Ure's Country Kitchen &
Variety on the LEFT. Turn LEFT onto Route 50 south going 1.3 miles. Soon
after the left curve on Route 50 is the entrance to the Holiday Beach
Conservation Area on the RIGHT. Pay the daily vehicle fee of $10 at gate or
at credit card reader.

Continue to the Hawk Tower parking at the south end of the park. Park
vehicle and walk to the Hawk Tower.

2. West bound on Routes 401 and 3: Take HOWARD AVENUE ROUTE 9 SOUTH.
Continue with directions above.

Bring with you birding gear: books, binocs, scopes, camera, hat or bill
cap, insect repellent, sunscreen, folding chair, (drink and food during
non-festival time). Dress for the weather. It is cooler near the lake.

(You may purchase an annual pass and electronic fob at the Essex Region
Conservation Area building, 360 Fairview W  Essex, ON N8M 1Y3, Canada,
519-776-5209, erca.org.)


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