[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Nov 2015) 94 Raptors

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Fri Nov 20 20:31:11 EST 2015

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              10           1195          51048
Osprey                       0              1             83
Bald Eagle                   1             17            188
Northern Harrier             2            131            797
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            155           8249
Cooper's Hawk                1             16            199
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            153            385
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          16636
Red-tailed Hawk             70           1042           1835
Rough-legged Hawk            2             15             15
Golden Eagle                 4             29             49
American Kestrel             0              5           1521
Merlin                       0              4             62
Peregrine Falcon             0              5             49
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             18
Unknown Buteo                1             24            106
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             24
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      94           2796          81270

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Chris Craft, Dwayne Murphy, Michael Williamson

A couple of families whose kids were on a PA Day came to enjoy nature.

It was a chilly morning at only 2C, rising to a high of 7C with the help of
a sunny sky. The wind was roaring out of the SW in the morning, gusting up
to 35kph. As the day wore on, it calmed bit by bit to around 8kph and from
a slightly more westerly direction. Visibility was fantastic, over 25km.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors started flying just after 10am, which has been the usual these past
few days, and they unfortunately also took their typical route to the north
of us. After 11am we had over a dozen Red-tails per hour which kept us
occupied, and so the Red-shoulder and the 2 Rough-legged Hawks were really
added bonuses, and then the 4 Golden Eagles were even better! The Golden
Eagles were being very sneaky and not flying from east to west; rather,
they were only appearing in the west and seeming to travel SW from there.
Another small group of Turkey Vultures made their way past our area, along
with a couple harriers, Sharpies, a Cooper's Hawk, and an immature Bald

Non-raptor Observations:
The most movement of passerines came from 318 American Goldfinches. Some
Horned Larks, Cedar Waxwings, American Pipits, and Rusty Blackbirds made
appearances in the airspace over the tower. Waves of ducks flew in and out
of the marsh at seemingly random times, and over 100 Tundra Swans were seen
from the tower as well. 32 of these were swimming in the marsh when the
count was ended. See today eBird list

Temperatures just above freezing, with high chances of rain and 20kph winds
from the east. 
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo at alumni.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:

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