[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (09 Sep 2015) 243 Raptors

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Wed Sep 9 23:42:49 EDT 2015

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             37             41
Bald Eagle                   0              3              3
Northern Harrier            15             56             61
Sharp-shinned Hawk         120            174            182
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            5              5              5
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           101            472            481
Merlin                       0              9              9
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             13
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:                     243            769            795

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Carol Parafenko, Jim Dunn

Today's visitors were Larry, Heidi and Kelly from Guelph and Bob & Beth
Spicer plus Michael Butler (Michael was here all the way from Halifax).

Thanks also to Carol Parafenko for her assistance today.

We got off to a late start this morning due to rain.  The day was mainly
cloudy, but variable with periodic bouts of heavy clouds.  At times, it
looked like the sky would clear up, but then, the cloud would thicken once
again.  Winds were northerly and fairly steady from 22 km / hr to 24 km /
hr.   The temperature was much more comfortable for most of today topping
out at 24 degrees Celsius.

Raptor Observations:
It was a late start and then a slow start for the birds with only a Sharpie
and an AK in the first hour, but things picked up a little during the 11:00
hour, then dropped off again during the noon hour. But oh boy! – did things
pick up in the afternoon!  By the time things wound down at 3:30, we had a
total of 243 birds of 5 different species.  The majority of the birds were
Sharp-shinned Hawks (120), followed in second place, American Kestrels
(101).  As well we had 2 Ospreys, 15 Northern Harriers and species # 5
today was Broad-winged Hawk (5).
>From about 10:30 through the noon hour, the local Bald Eagles and possibly
some of their friends from Port Bruce and / or Sparta put on quite a show
for visitors, circling above the parking area, calling to each other and
flying in tandem along the cliff, but with one bird very high and the other
very low.  No Eagles flew or acted in a manner that indicated they were
actively migrating today; instead, it was more like a social gathering or
an Eagle convention.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many thanks to visitors and regulars today for their considerable
contributions to our non-raptor list.  The tally for today was 40 species
including some New Species and some interesting trends.  The following are
highlights only.  
Flocks of Tree Swallows and American Goldfinch were seen flying west.  Most
passerine species listed today were found along the roadside, without
having to venture into the woods or fields, including the following New
species for this season: Wild Turkey, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-rumped
Warbler and Palm Warbler.  Observers found 7 other Warbler species which
were Yellow, magnolia, Black & White, Am. Redstart, Tennessee, Nashville
and Common Yellowthroat.
Other species of note were Pileated Woodpecker (2) Great-crested and Least
Flycatchers and Blue-gray Gnatchatcher.

The forecast looks like Easterly winds tomorrow around 15 km / hr which
means that we should have a good flight, but the birds will be high.  The
outlook for Friday is for a more northerly flow at 20 km / hr with the
possibility of some rain but those N winds should bring some more
Broadwings as well as the other species we have been seeing this week.  
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.on.ca)
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