[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (30 Oct 2015) 235 Raptors

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Sat Oct 31 03:11:13 EDT 2015

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             142          48266          49721
Osprey                       0             15             82
Bald Eagle                   2             67            171
Northern Harrier             4            339            661
Sharp-shinned Hawk          28           3237           8081
Cooper's Hawk                0            129            183
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          6            229            232
Broad-winged Hawk            0            152          16636
Red-tailed Hawk             50            686            789
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             19             19
American Kestrel             0            422           1516
Merlin                       0             21             58
Peregrine Falcon             0             26             44
Unknown Accipiter            0              9             16
Unknown Buteo                2             56             82
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Raptor               0             11             23
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     235          53686          78319

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Pettit, Jeanice Seals, Jim McCoy, Larry Ludwicki,
                  Michael Williamson, Phyllis Coble, Theresa Lindsey

It was a full tower today! It was great to see the return of many of our
regular members, as well as 15 other visitors enjoying the view and birds.
We also were visited by two school groups led by ERCA.

A very calm day, seeming especially so after the strong winds of yesterday.
The small breeze that we did have came from the NW in the morning but
switched to the SW for the afternoon. Temperatures ranged from 7C to 10C
and there was total cloud cover all day.

Raptor Observations:
Foiled again by the winds, raptors were not as numerous as we had hoped for
today. Turkey Vultures put in a small effort, along with Sharpies, Northern
Harriers, and Bald Eagles. Red-shouldered Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks tended
to fly in small groups on their own, rather than mixing with the TVs. One
adult Golden Eagle flew by halfway across the marsh, giving everyone a
decent view and allowing for a few photos. The Osprey that has been hanging
around was also fishing in the marsh and sitting in its favourite tree.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Robins are really on the move nowadays, with numbers of over 100
passing the tower. American Crows, a few Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings,
Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and American Goldfinches also
continue their migration, sometimes mixing together. 30 more Tree Swallows
were present over the marsh, and there were plenty of small passerines
(kinglets, sparrows, a few warblers) hanging around the area, reported by
visitors. See today's eBird report

South winds through the day with temperatures up to 11C.
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo at alumni.uoguelph.ca)
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