[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (01 Oct 2015) 4073 Raptors

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Fri Oct 2 00:47:36 EDT 2015


Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2015
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            3329           3329           4784
Osprey                       2              2             69
Bald Eagle                   8              8            112
Northern Harrier            45             45            367
Sharp-shinned Hawk         400            400           5244
Cooper's Hawk               10             10             64
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         20             20             23
Broad-winged Hawk          135            135          16619
Red-tailed Hawk             21             21            124
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            95             95           1189
Merlin                       2              2             39
Peregrine Falcon             1              1             19
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              7
Unknown Buteo                2              2             28
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Raptor               3              3             15
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    4073           4073          28706
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Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Pettit, Jeremy Bensette, Jim McCoy, John Winebrenner,
                  Michael Williamson

Visitors:
A grade 4 class of 30 students visited the tower with ERCA, and got to see
a Sharp-shinned Hawk specimen and learn a bit about raptor migration. 


Weather:
Winds were high again today, and from the N and NE. Temperatures started
out at 9C and rose to 14C with the sun that peeked through the layers of
cloud. Visibility was good all day.

Raptor Observations:
The flight today was dominated by over 3300 Turkey Vultures that lost no
time in rocketing past the tower. Sharp-shinned Hawks were the second
biggest players of the day, with American Kestrels being less numerous than
yesterday. Northern Harriers really put on a good show with 45, appearing
all throughout the day, and most flying low over the marsh. Red-shouldered
Hawks popped up sporadically through the day, and a Peregrine provided some
entertainment while harassing the ducks and cormorants in the marsh.
Another great 12 species day.

Non-raptor Observations:
The Blue Jay clicker went through a few people today (thanks to everyone!)
and we totalled 22,200 for the day. At times there were mostly Tree
Swallows mixed in with the other birds flying, along with Cedar Waxwings,
Red-winged Blackbirds, American Goldfinches and a few Chimney Swifts. A
Red-bellied Woodpecker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker both were seen on
migration as well today. 1 Monarch. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S25260404

Predictions:
Weather basically the same as it was today, so we can expect a flight also
much the same.
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Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo at alumni.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/






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