[Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (08 Sep 2014) 74 Raptors

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Mon Sep 8 23:09:24 EDT 2014

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 2014

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5             17             17
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             3             46             56
Sharp-shinned Hawk          41            269            279
Cooper's Hawk                2             11             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            3             44             75
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            19            158            191
Merlin                       0              4              5
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
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

Total:                      74            553            639

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Bob Johnstone, Clive Hodder, Michael Sandell

Lots of visitors today, including Anne Guldens, Fiona Street, Gail & Larry
Gifford and Ron & Lynda Goodridge. Thanks to all the counters and observers
today...Michael Sandell, Bob Johstone, Mary and Clive Hodder.


It was a beautiful day.  Temps very moderate, wind from the NE very early,
but mostly E and SE later on, very little cloud throughout the day, and
most of the clouds were low while the birds were mostly high. 

Raptor Observations:
Flight was consistent at times, with obvious lulls showing up in the hourly
totals.  Total for the day was 74 birds...with the bulk (no surprise) being
Sharpies (41) and Kestrels (19)...along with Ospreys (5), N. Harriers (3),
Cooper's Hawks (2), Broadwings (3) and the single young Peregrine.

Observers and visitors had some spectacular views of adult and immature /
juvenile Bald Eagles throughout the day though none were counted (assumed
to be local as they continue to move back and forth along the lakeshore).
The best sighting of the day was the juvenile Peregrine which flew west
almost directly over the observation mound; then, viewed from the road just
behind the knoll and therefore past the observers, the Peregrine did a
small turn, looked at the observers on the knoll, then turned westward
again and was gone. Awesome!

Non-raptor Observations:
Passerines noted today were 2 Swainson's Thrush, Northern Flicker, numerous
Hummingbirds crossing the field and sparring in jewelweed patches,
Double-crested Cormorants, Barn & Bank Swallows, Ring-billed & Herring
Gulls, and a Great Blue Heron.  Catbirds were meowing from shrubs along the
roadside, but otherwise it was pretty quiet.  Cedar Waxwings were seen
hawking bugs from the treetops.


On the insect scene, many black saddlebags crossed the field headed west,
along with 12-spotted skimmers and common green darners.  Bruce Parker was
on hand today tagging monarch butterflies; 23 were counted between 11:00 AM
and 1:00 PM.  Other butterfly species noted were summer azure, painted
lady, orange & clouded sulphurs, and cabbage white.

The next couple of days are not looking that great for wind direction...but
once the predicted strong cold front passes through it's looking much more
promising for Thursday and even into the weekend...and NOTE that the first
of the 2014 season Hawk Cliff Open House weekends is this coming weekend
13-14. Let's hope the forecast holds for northerly winds.
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
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