[Ontbirds] HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (03 May 2014) 35 Raptors

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Sat May 3 16:05:28 EDT 2014

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: May 03, 2014

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              2
Turkey Vulture               8             15           6932
Osprey                       0              0             54
Bald Eagle                   0              0             39
Northern Harrier             1              2             59
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16             20            789
Cooper's Hawk                2              2            103
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0            392
Broad-winged Hawk            6             12           1009
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1           1076
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0             27
Golden Eagle                 0              0              5
American Kestrel             1              1             30
Merlin                       0              0             10
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0             74
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             18
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      35             53          10633

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Mishell


I had 2 visitors from Guelph who stayed for 15 minutes.

Overcast day , very strong South winds with strong gusts. Dark clouds
formed at 11.40 a.m. and heavy rain started at 12.24 p.m.

Raptor Observations:
ALL birds were low, just over the treetops and single birds. With the
strong winds the birds suddenly appeared and were going through very fast
but because they were very low identification was very good. A Coopers Hawk
took up residence in the trees behind the notice board and after about 30
minutes took out one the feeding WTSP. Very dramatic!

Non-raptor Observations:
Plenty of small birds. Bran Swallows 6, Wood Ducks 5, plus the following
BHCO,RBWO,WCSP,BTGR,NOFL,Rusty Blackbirds-4, plus other common residents.

Weather forecast is pretty much the same so some birds but not a whole lot.
Report submitted by Brian Mishell ()
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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