[Ontbirds] HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (10 Mar 2015) 5 Raptors

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Tue Mar 10 20:03:26 EDT 2015

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 10, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              2              2
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              5              5
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3             10             10
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              2
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
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:                       5             22             22

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Matt Mills

Observers:        Eric Single, Keith Sealy

Keith Sealy and Eric Single helped with the count for a few hours. A
gentleman named Dave whose last name I did not catch and Chris Bailey. A
woman and her 2 young children with binoculars raced up the tower in the

Morning mist dissipated and the cool breeze gradually died off but the
promised sunshine never materialized. A mild, calm, grey afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Local Cooper's Hawk was in evidence several times. One bird was chased by 3
crows into the west woodlot. Later, a juvenile Cooper's Hawk headed east
just above the feeders.

Non-raptor Observations:
Some early spring arrivals: 250+ Mallard , 2 Great Blue Heron, 4 Killdeer,
3 Horned Lark, 6 American Robin

A flock of 32 Canada Geese featured 3 smaller geese (not Cackling). Small
numbers of American Crows passed throughout the day. 

The usual assortment of feeder birds featured 1 White-throated Sparrow and
nearly 20 Juncos.

Sunny and fairly mild with moderate West winds. One by one here they come. 
Report submitted by Matt Mills ()
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. © 2015 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch

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