[Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (22 Oct 2013) 1906 Raptors

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Wed Oct 23 21:10:46 EDT 2013

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2013

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            1810           9930          11385
Osprey                       0             13            126
Bald Eagle                   0             34            149
Northern Harrier             3             79            359
Sharp-shinned Hawk          45            531           4919
Cooper's Hawk                2             38             82
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         11             54             61
Broad-winged Hawk            0              4          59366
Red-tailed Hawk             32            209            263
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             2            109           1555
Merlin                       1              6             58
Peregrine Falcon             0             74             96
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:                    1906          11084          78425

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Ernie Gribble, Jim Dunn, Steve Birch

A big thanks to Mary, Jim, Ernie and Steve for today's count.

Another COLD WINDY day today...strong WSW or SW at 35k gusting to 45k  and
temp hung in at 6C all day. If forecast holds true, Thursday could be a
GOLDEN day...perhaps Friday too.

Raptor Observations:
A bit meatier count today compared to the last several days with a total of
1906 birds tallied.

We counted at the B&B site and TV numbers were up (1810) as were Tails 
(32) and Shoulders (11). Several Sharpies (45) crossed through fairly
consistently each hour

1 Merlin ripped across the field late in the count along with a couple of

A few of N. Harriers (3) struggled with the strong west wind but made
enough progress to be counted.

Non-raptor Observations:
Thanks to Ernie G. and Steve (from London) for most of today's non-raptor
sightings including another late sighting -- a Black-throated Green Warbler
in addition to a Wilson's and many Yellow-rumped, the latter persisting
into the mid-afternoon when several were seen and heard in the bushes
around the observation knoll.  Ruby-crowned Kinglets were also abundant as
were White-throated Sparrows, both easily found around the observation
knoll throughout the day.  Other sightings up and down Hawk Cliff Rd
included Hairy, Downy and Red-belied Woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadee,
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Am. Robin, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow,
Red-winged Blackbird and Am. Goldfinch.  4 Common Loons were seen this
morning plus a flock of Canada Geese, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls and
Mourning Doves.


Moving to the B&B, observers were entertained for most of the day by a
large flock of Eastern Bluebirds cavorting in the field, as well as a flock
of 30 Killdeer and several Am. Pipits were both heard and seen in the field
at the B&B. 


Blue Jays seem to have abandoned migration, at least those found at the
Cliff, as very few flocks were seen heading west this morning, but lots of
Blue Jays are seen and heard throughout the day at both Cliff and B&B, and
the same for the Crows, which have accumulated to the point of distracting
whoever is counting TVs. 


By 2:00 PM the hawkwatch had shifted back to the observation knoll, where
observers enjoyed seeing 2 Cave Swallows, a new species for us this season.


As well, around 2:30 PM a single Monarch Butterfly was seen flying
westward along the cliff. 
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
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