[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (28 Sep 2015) 107 Raptors

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Mon Sep 28 17:18:20 EDT 2015

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              40            547            547
Osprey                       1             65             65
Bald Eagle                   1            100            100
Northern Harrier             9            296            296
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48           4244           4244
Cooper's Hawk                1             45             45
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0          16121          16121
Red-tailed Hawk              0             90             90
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            796            796
Merlin                       1             32             32
Peregrine Falcon             4             15             15
Unknown Accipiter            1              7              7
Unknown Buteo                1             14             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                     107          22382          22382

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Jim McCoy

The morning was overcast with clouds that seemed to threaten storms, but
those broke up and the sky lightened at mid-day, bringing a hot sun.
Temperatures went up to 25C and dark clouds started rolling in again by the
end of the count. There was a light breeze from the S, SE, and ESE.

Raptor Observations:
The day started out quite slowly, with a few low Sharp-shinned Hawks each
hour. Northern Harriers appeared more in the afternoon, flying down the
shoreline and close to the tower. Turkey Vultures also arrived a little
later on in the day, in very small kettles. The best parts of the day were
4 Peregrine Falcons, 3 of which were very easily watched, and gave good
looks as they powered effortlessly by. There was also one Merlin that shot
by, but surprisingly, no Kestrels at all! Our plastic owl brought a HUGE
female Cooper's Hawk barrelling in from across the marsh, appearing to come
straight for our heads!

Non-raptor Observations:
It was a really quiet morning with nothing moving; even the Blue Jays
didn't start flocking for a few hours, but they eventually got up to
12,600. 7 American Robins, 36 starlings, 44 Cedar Waxwings, 131 American
Goldfinches, 210 Red-winged Blackbirds and 3 warbler sp. migrated past the
tower. The afternoon brought a small group of Bonaparte's Gulls along with
the usual infiltration of Ring-billed Gulls. A large number of American
Coots were in the marsh, mingling with 26 Ruddy Ducks! 1 Common Green
Darner, 4 Monarchs. See today's eBird list

A cloudy day with winds starting in the SW, switching to the NE in the
afternoon, with a chance of showers. Any birds coming by should be visible
with the cloud behind them, at the very least!
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo at alumni.uoguelph.ca)
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