[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (29 Sep 2015) 8 Raptors

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Tue Sep 29 16:53:00 EDT 2015

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0            547            547
Osprey                       0             65             65
Bald Eagle                   0            100            100
Northern Harrier             2            298            298
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5           4249           4249
Cooper's Hawk                1             46             46
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                       0             32             32
Peregrine Falcon             0             15             15
Unknown Accipiter            0              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0             14             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                       8          22390          22390

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott


Two elementary school groups from Tecumseh visited the tower, led by ERCA.

The full cloud cover of the morning brought drizzle and rain off and on
after 9am. Visibility was low and decreased as the day drizzled by. Wind
was virtually nonexistent much of the morning, but at times came from the
south, then west, then ESE, then north. After the arrival of a decidedly
stormy looking cloud, increased rain, wind gusts up to 30kpm, and a quick
look at the radar, the count was concluded for the day.

Raptor Observations:
We can consider this a good practice day for November, with 8 birds total.
The 2 Northern Harriers, 5 Sharpies and 1 Cooper's Hawk did all stay quite
low and close to the tower, and popped up when least expected, often during
the rain, not the dry spells in between. An Osprey also flew across the
marsh, but from west to east.

Non-raptor Observations:
Everything seemed hesitant to cross the marsh, and hundreds of Blue Jays
turned around and came back to the east at a time. They eventually made it
to 4860 birds before they stopped flying at 11am. Other birds that migrated
past the tower were 60 starlings, 32 Cedar Waxwings, and 21 Red-winged
Blackbirds. A surprise was one Rusty Blackbird that perched in a tree by
the tower for a few minutes. American Goldfinches didn't seem to mind the
rain today and flew in small groups, reaching 203. Just after noon, in a
lull after some drizzle, a small group of passerines appeared around the
tower, including a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Yellowthroat, 2 Magnolia
Warblers, a Black-throated Blue Warbler, and a Wilson's Warbler. 4 Gray
Catbirds also took advantage of the wet leaves and had bath time. 4
Monarchs. See today's eBird list

No chance of rain tomorrow and a NE wind will hopefully bring a flurry of
birds that got stopped up today by the weather.
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo at alumni.uoguelph.ca)
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