[Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (28 Oct 2014) 31 Raptors

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Wed Oct 29 00:10:23 EDT 2014


Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              30          26292          26412
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                   0             46            104
Northern Harrier             1            263            656
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0           4346           8922
Cooper's Hawk                0            194            264
Northern Goshawk             0             11             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            368            368
Broad-winged Hawk            0            155          70719
Red-tailed Hawk              0           1895           1921
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 0             53             53
American Kestrel             0            705           2450
Merlin                       0             37             79
Peregrine Falcon             0            118            163
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              1

Total:                      31          34522         112246
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Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Keith Sealy

Visitors:
None today.


Weather:
Not a great day for hawk watching at the Cliff nor at the B&B with birds
just trickling through basically one or two at a time.  The weather was a
balmy 18 C. and breezy and except for the low, thick cloud cover, it was a
rather pleasant day to be out birdwatching. It didn't rain at all during
the couple of hours of the count.

Raptor Observations:
A total of just 31 birds with TVs (30) and a lone N. Harrier. TVs were
scattered and seemed to find the strong SW winds a bit of a challenge, some
tacking across the fields. The lone Northern Harrier appeared almost on the
dot of 10:00 AM with a single TV and crossed the road north of the B&B.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Other than the mobs of Am. Robins and Cedar Waxwings enjoying the abundance
of berry crops near the wouth end of Hawk Cliff Rd., there wasn't a lot
happening non-raptorwise. Other species included a single Cormorant,
singles also of Northern Flicker, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpecker,
White-breasted Nuthatch and Song Sparrow.  In addition, a few Blue Jays
were seen and heard calling from the woods, numerous BC Chickadees were
found near Sharpie Alley, and a few other species were seen in various
locations including 2 Eastern Bluebirds, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a few
White-throated Sparrows, Pipits in the field, a pair of Cardinals  and a
few DE Juncos near Sharpie Alleyand at least 75 Crows plus 150+ European
Starlings foraging in the field at the B&B.  



Along the roadside at Sharpie Alley we had a few interesting insect
sightings including 1 Eastern Comma, 3 Meadowhawks (dragonflies) and 1
Shadow Darner.

Predictions:
Forecast is for lots of sunshine but winds are supposed to be from the W
which can hold back the flight. However, with lots of sun you can get
thermals which will give the birds the lift they need so this could help
with the flight.



It then gets more interesting for Thu, Fri and Sat with winds turning to
the NW and serious drop in temps that could get the birds moving.
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Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm






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