[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (10 Dec 2015) 3 Raptors

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Thu Dec 10 17:22:42 EST 2015


Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 10, 2015
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Turkey Vulture               0              2          51147
Osprey                       0              0             83
Bald Eagle                   0              4            211
Northern Harrier             0              4            886
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              1           8283
Cooper's Hawk                0              1            224
Northern Goshawk             0              0              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             12            507
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          16636
Red-tailed Hawk              3             99           3045
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1             27
Golden Eagle                 0              0             56
American Kestrel             0              0           1521
Merlin                       0              0             64
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             52
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             22
Unknown Buteo                0              0            107
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              3
Unknown Raptor               0              0             24
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       3            124          82903
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        

Weather:
The clouds were a bit thinner, letting through some sunshine even through
it was mostly 100% cloud. Winds came at 8-10kph from the south in the
morning, turning to the SE in the afternoon. Temperatures were between 6C
and 8C, and it felt quite warm. Visibility was hampered by a haze that
arrived at 10am.

Raptor Observations:
The first Red-tail of the day came right down the lakeshore, and less than
an hour later, 2 other Red-tails passed to the west on our north side.
Around that same time, 3 other Red-tails flew up from the same spot but
scattered in all directions but west. One of the local adult Bald Eagles
was munching on a Mallard in the middle of the marsh, and another flew over
in an unsuccessful attempt at thievery. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Three species were on the move: 53 American Robins, 35 Cedar Waxwings, and
4 American Goldfinches. That Winter Wren was back again and visible in the
bushes at the base of the tower. Upon closer inspection, it appears to be
banded! American Tree Sparrows were active and vocal again around the
tower. Mallards are the most common duck in the marsh, and one lonely
cormorant is still sticking around. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S26232523

Predictions:
Temperatures up to 10C with 20kph winds from the SW.
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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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