[Ontbirds] Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (13 Mar 2016) 144 Raptors

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Sun Mar 13 20:41:18 EDT 2016

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              38            370            377
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   5             15             16
Northern Harrier             0             13             13
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             11             11
Cooper's Hawk                1             16             17
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         30             66             66
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             67            320            321
Rough-legged Hawk            0             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:                     144            833            845

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Chris Escott

Observers:        Alice Hayashida, Barry Cherriere, Gerry Demaio,
                  Keith Dieroff, Mas Hayashida, Peter Segeren

Lots of people walking children and/or dogs, but no casual birders other
than those who assisted with observations.

Overcast all day with a fairly flat grey sky, and just a bit of blue sky in
the first hour and the last two hours. Fairly strong breeze from the east
with occasional gusts. Trees east of the observation tower were not moving
a great deal, but the birds passing overhead were moving very fast. Chilly
temperatures, about 5 to 8 Celsius, all day.

Raptor Observations:
Most birds went by fairly low and easily seen, but sailing by quickly with
the east tailwind.

Non-raptor Observations:
Very few Spring migrants. A single fly-over Purple Finch, and a group of
four Kildeer.

Rain moved in shortly after dusk and forecast is rain through mid-day
tomorrow, clearing in the afternoon. This suggests hawkwatching tomorrow
will not be very good.
Report submitted by Chris Escott ()
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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