[Ontbirds] Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (12 Mar 2016) 64 Raptors

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Sat Mar 12 19:47:29 EST 2016

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 12, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              19            332            339
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   2             10             11
Northern Harrier             1             13             13
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6              8              8
Cooper's Hawk                4             15             16
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          9             36             36
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             22            253            254
Rough-legged Hawk            1             17             19
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              3              3
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                      64            689            701

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Phil Waggett

Observers:        Barry Cherriere, Ben Ofield, Bob Stamp, Eric Geemen

John Black, Marcie Jacklin, Kevin McLaughlin, Jean Iron & Ron Pittaway,
Jacques Giraud.  Many others visited during the day, including families out
for a hike at Beamer.

Foggy with a cool southwest wind for the first two hours of the watch. 
Then mostly a mix of sun and high, wispy cloud (50%) until about 3:30 when
it became overcast.

Raptor Observations:
Few raptors noted before lunch (although there were reports that some birds
were spotted over the plain/QEW
as a result of the strong south-west winds)and while there was modest
improvement, a stong flight did not develop.  Once again, local redtails,
coopers hawks, and vultures were evident--mostly after lunch.

Non-raptor Observations:
Little migratory activity noted today.  One flock of pintails (20) and one
flock of tundra swans (approx. 50) 
were observed this morning.  Two killdeers were also spotted.

Given the lack of an observed downflight and predicted overcast conditions,
not much of a flight is expected.
Report submitted by Phil Waggett ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.


Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. © 2016 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch

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