[Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (09 Oct 2013) 2509 Raptors

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Thu Oct 10 02:10:47 EDT 2013

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 2013

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            2422           2838           4293
Osprey                       4              8            121
Bald Eagle                   0             14            129
Northern Harrier            17             44            324
Sharp-shinned Hawk          31            139           4527
Cooper's Hawk                2              9             53
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3          59365
Red-tailed Hawk              3             11             65
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              2              2
American Kestrel            10             88           1534
Merlin                       0              2             54
Peregrine Falcon            18             55             77
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
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                    2509           3214          70555

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

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Bill Read, Dave Verkley, Don Taylor, Jim Dunn,
                  Michael Sandell

Thanks to Mary, Don T., Michael, Jim, Dave V. and Bill  for getting down to
the site to do the count and submit today's reports.

Winds were not the most favourable ...light to moderate from the SE and
SSE...then backing to E. A beautiful day to be out. At least with the
southerly flow there were Peregrines zipping along the cliff edge. Warm for
nearly mid-October and the humidity dropped nicely after the first couple
of hours.

Raptor Observations:
Mary C. and Don T. started the day early and had Peregrines and N. Harriers
in the books before the other counters even got to the cliff. Michael S.
and Jim D. arrived and the PGs kept streaming (or screaming) low along the
lake. Then the wind diminished and swung to the East and the Peregrines
flight dried up.

Twas great fun while it lasted.

The TVs (2422) were on the move but inland ...while Osprey (4), along with
Sharpies (31) and N. Harriers (17) were more easily seen from the
knoll...but the highlights today were the Peregrines (18)...1 that crossed
through early followed by 8 in each of the next two hours and a single in
the fourth hour. Also today the first Golden Eagles (2) were
spotted...again inland.  Let's hope they're a sign of many more to come!

Other species tallied today included a couple of Cooper's Hawks and more
Kestrels (10) both along the cliff and the field to the north.

Non-raptor Observations:
We tallied a modest 30 songbird species today which included 1 new species
for this season; a flock of Eastern Meadowlarks was seen at the B&B.  Other
than that, we had the usual species for this time of year and a reasonable
list of local inhabitants such as Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black-capped
Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch and Eastern Bluebirds, 2 of which were
seen on the wire at the intersection of Fairview Rd and Roberts Ln. 


A lone Common Loon flew low in front of the observation knoll about
mid-morning and Blue Jays were seen in intermittent flocks flying westward
towards the north end of the field.  Only about 800 were seen migrating
today and most of those got an early start. Similarly, intermittent flocks
of European Starlings were spotted at the north end of the field, heading
west.  Both species continue to congregate in the treeline and woods along
Hawk Cliff Rd. along with American Robin, White-throated Sparrow, and still
many Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Other Warblers seen today were Palm (which
were numerous, especially in the weeds around the parking area), Nashville
and Blackpoll.  Both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets also continue
to be found up and down the road.  Easter Towhee and Gray Catbird were
still found today as were Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireo.  Winter Wrens
seem to have dug in and are hanging out near and across from the mound and
near the gate which is on the east side of the road in a low spot just
north of the mound. 


The flow of Monarch Butterflies continued steadily throughout the day with
Cabbage Whites, Orange and Clouded Sulphurs and a couple of Eastern Tailed
Blues still to be found in weed patches up and down the road.  Numerous
Green Darners and Black Saddlebags were seen cuising in the cornfield at
Sharpie Alley.
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
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