[Ontbirds] HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (09 Sep 2014) 157 Raptors

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Tue Sep 9 19:09:18 EDT 2014

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2014

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               2             83             83
Osprey                       0              7              7
Bald Eagle                   1             29             29
Northern Harrier             0             39             39
Sharp-shinned Hawk         104            193            193
Cooper's Hawk               12             25             25
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           10             22             22
Red-tailed Hawk              2             37             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             78             78
Merlin                       3             18             18
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            7              9              9
Unknown Buteo               12             12             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                     157            559            559

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Claude Radley

2 photographers stopped by today, one from ERCA and another from The
Windsor Star who is doing a piece on declines in bird populations with
climate change. John from Mississagua spent the last couple of hours on the
tower, spotting distant Sharpies.

A pretty calm day starting with no wind and then increasing to 4km/h coming
from the S/SE. Temperatures increased from 21-26C and visibility ranged
between 4 and 15km.

Raptor Observations:
The morning was fairly slow until around 10am when Sharp-shinned Hawks
started flying through in their small groups close overhead, making it to
104 by the end of the day! A few Coopers were mixed in with them, just to
keep us on our toes. Just after 11am, the birds started flying through
farther inland and a few buteos and Turkey Vultures added themselves to the
count. To provide some entertainment during a slow period, one of the
resident Osprey took offense to a Great Blue Heron flying too close by and
proceeded to chase it across the marsh in a great hurry. At the end of the
day there had been 157 migrating raptors total.

Non-raptor Observations:
At the passerine banding station, Swainson's Thrushes made up the majority
of birds along with a smattering of Grey-cheeked Thrush. The first 2 Common
Nighthawks of the season came through, along with 10 Killdeer, 6
Green-winged Teal, 3 Chimney Swifts, 2 R-Throated Hummingbirds, 49 Cedar
Waxwings and 47 American Goldfinches. Swallows definitely came in first
place today with 130 flying over before the raptors started picking up. 21

A cloudy day with stronger winds of 25-35km/h from the South and a high
chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo at mail.uoguelph.ca)
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