[Ontbirds] HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (20 Apr 2015) 67 Raptors

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Mon Apr 20 19:04:32 EDT 2015

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0           4321           7324
Osprey                       2             29             29
Bald Eagle                   0             21             70
Northern Harrier             6             43             52
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48            936            972
Cooper's Hawk                0             51            108
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            111            697
Broad-winged Hawk            9            578            578
Red-tailed Hawk              1            761           1673
Rough-legged Hawk            0             26             41
Golden Eagle                 0              5             13
American Kestrel             1             23             25
Merlin                       0              5              8
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              5              5
Unknown Buteo                0             30             34
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              1              2
Unknown Raptor               0              2              4

Total:                      67           6951          11638

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.33 hours

Official Counter:        John Stevens

Observers:        Gord Kozak, Peter Thoem

Gord Kozak stopped for a while and Peter Thoem for a brief visit.

Overnight rain ended just at 9 EST but subsequent heavy rain between 12:30
and 1:10, and between 2:35 and 3:05 with thunder.  Moderate to strong winds
from the south swinging to the southwest in the late afternoon.  Several
layers of fast-moving cloud.  Temperature reached the upper teens but a
jacket helped on the tower.

Raptor Observations:
Unusual day with many birds flying east despite the winds from the south. 
One OS, two NH and 11 SS headed east at various times, mainly in the
morning.  No migration of TVs!

Non-raptor Observations:
Five White-tailed Deer crossed the field in the late afternoon.  

Tomorrow looks to be better than Wed but windy and likely not great.
Report submitted by John Stevens ()
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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