[Ontbirds] HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (01 Apr 2015) 992 Raptors

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Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             699            699           3702
Osprey                       1              1              1
Bald Eagle                   5              5             54
Northern Harrier             3              3             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk          28             28             64
Cooper's Hawk                5              5             62
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         63             63            649
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk            152            152           1064
Rough-legged Hawk           36             36             51
Golden Eagle                 0              0              8
American Kestrel             0              0              2
Merlin                       0              0              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              2

Total:                     992            992           5679

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Gord Kozak

Observers:        Chris Street, Darren Smiley, Matt Mills, Tom Thomas

Juht and Emiliano Hitchcock, Andy Morgan, Walter Osborn, Jim Watt, Barb
Charlton, Barry Cherriere, Darren Smiley   

Cold, wind direction was from the north-west all day but not very strong.
0% cloud coverage all day. 

Raptor Observations:
Four Bald Eagles with three (3) mature and one forth year bird. At about
4:30 P.M. two Rough-legged hawks went through beside each other.One was
very light and one was very dark. At 5:10 P.M. we were closing up when a
Osprey went over, the first one of the year.  

Non-raptor Observations:
A Eastern Phoebe and a Pine Siskin were found in the trees near the tower.

Rain, A storm to arrive in the A.M. and clear out by the P.M. May be O.K.
in the afternoon.
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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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