[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (22 Nov 2015) 41 Raptors

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Mon Nov 23 07:23:37 EST 2015

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            502          24866
Osprey                       0              1            124
Bald Eagle                   0             23            173
Northern Harrier             3             38           1005
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             40           8384
Cooper's Hawk                0             10            219
Northern Goshawk             0              0              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             32            333
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          13000
Red-tailed Hawk             34            864           2664
Rough-legged Hawk            0              6              8
Golden Eagle                 1             20             78
American Kestrel             0              2           1936
Merlin                       0              4             93
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             76
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      41           1542          52966

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Jason McGuire, Keith Sealy

A couple of birders (Jake and Pete) dropped in near the end of the watch to
compare notes on our sightings of the day’s only Golden Eagle – always a
welcome topic of conversation.

Weather conditions were comparatively wintry this morning with a light
dusting of snow on the ground and the temperature steady throughout the
morning at a chilly -1 C., and colder because of the fairly strong W winds,
which shifted to WSW around noon.  Fortunately, the temperature eventually
climbed -- to +1 C.  Cloud cover / amount of sunshine varied throughout the
day so that at times, observers basked in the sun, but at other times, we
huddled, shivering, in our lawn chairs along the roadside at the B&B.

Raptor Observations:
The flight, like the sky, was variable today with a disappointing finish at
only 41 migratory raptors.  The only Turkey Vulture spotted today was
flying lazy circles near the Port Stanley water tower a couple of km west
at the end of Dexter Ln.  The majority of today’s 5 species were Red-tailed
Hawks (34); as well, observers reported 3 Northern Harriers all south of
Dexter Ln, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk and a single Golden
Eagle (1).

Non-raptor Observations:
There was lots of passerine activity along the roadside near Sharpie Alley
this morning including Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, black-capped
Chickadees Golden-crowned Kinglets, Am. Tree Sparrows, Am. Goldfinches, and
a couple of White-breasted Nuthatches.  Down at the observation knoll, a
very musical flock of 20 Eastern Bluebirds flew back and forth.  Also
spotted from the knoll were Ring-billed Gulls, Am. Crows, numerous flocks
of Tundra Swans and a few Canada Geese.  In and above the field at the B&B,
observers noted Northern Flicker, many more Crows, Blue Jays, Herring
Gulls, Horned Larks, Mallards, a Kingfisher, E. Starlings, and the
hands-down favourite non-raptor of the day, 200 Snow Buntings – HC’s first
of the season.  

Temps will drop to around -5 C. overnight but rise as the morning
progresses, reaching 0 around 10:00 AM and hopefully going higher than that
by the end of the watch.  Unfortunately, mainly clear conditions overnight
will give way to more cloud and a significant chance of a rain/snow mix 
throughout tomorrow.  Moderate SW winds will dominate, shifting to W
towards evening.  Beyond that it looks like there will be another clearing
trend, but don’t expect favourable winds over the next few days.  
Report submitted by Mary Carnahan (mcarnhan at rogers.com)
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