[Ontbirds] HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (13 Apr 2014) 200 Raptors

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Sun Apr 13 22:04:28 EDT 2014

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2014

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture              80           4690           6499
Osprey                       9             30             31
Bald Eagle                   1             15             29
Northern Harrier             7             30             42
Sharp-shinned Hawk          75            375            416
Cooper's Hawk                5             36             65
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            152            376
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk             16            468            902
Rough-legged Hawk            0              8             22
Golden Eagle                 0              0              4
American Kestrel             4             14             16
Merlin                       0              5              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              5
Unknown Buteo                0              6             65
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              6              8

Total:                     200           5839           8497

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Chris Escott

Observers:        Andy Morgan, Barry Cherriere, Bill Reid, George Bryant,
                  George Holland, Nathan Hood, Tim McCarthy, Wayne Renaud

Many families hiking through the parking lot with small children and/or
dogs were attracted to the tower and came up to see what was happening. All
were very friendly and interested.

The day started out clear but wet from overnight rain, became overcast and
cool, warmed up as a front moved in and winds became strong and gusty out
of the SW for much of the day, and ended warm and sunny.

Raptor Observations:
A steady trickle of birds fought their way against the strong winds -- good
variety of species, but low numbers. Good Osprey flight (9 birds) and
perhaps the first Broad-wing of the season. The one Bald Eagle was in Basic
I plumage. Of seven Northern Harrier only one was clearly an adult male,
the others all being brown birds.

Non-raptor Observations:
Northern Flickers in big numbers (> 100). Good variety of sparrows: Fox,
Song, White-throated, American Tree, Chipping, Field. A fly-over
Black-crowned Night Heron, two Common Loon, a Belted Kingfisher and several
Great Blue Heron. Five Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. 

South winds are forecast to start the day, becoming SW by mid-morning with
rain beginning around mid-day. Doesn't sound to promising!
Report submitted by Chris Escott ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area 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. © 2014 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch

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