[Ontbirds] Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (18 Apr 2016) 267 Raptors

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Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              78           1331           4457
Osprey                       3             27             27
Bald Eagle                   1              5             28
Northern Harrier             1             31             62
Sharp-shinned Hawk          60            309            459
Cooper's Hawk                7             30             79
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3            266
Broad-winged Hawk           83             84             84
Red-tailed Hawk             20            260           1120
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4             24
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             18             37
Merlin                       0              5             11
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              3
Unknown Accipiter            4              5              8
Unknown Buteo                2              3              8
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               8              9             16

Total:                     267           2129           6694

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        John Stevens

Observers:        Barb Charlton, Barry Cherriere, Bouwe Bergsma, Brett Fried,
                  Dave Sked, Erika Hensch, Jean Iron, John Hendrix,
                  Mark Sawyer, Marty Shimano, Phil Downey, Tim Foran

Nadine Litwin and five students from Niagara College, Ray and Barb Mansell
from Salts Point, NY (it's an hour N of NYC), George Holland, Ron Pittaway,
John Hogeveen and others whose names, I didn't get.

-Sunny and warm all day  
-Very light winds in the morning, some weak lake effect winds mid-day and
moderate southerly winds in the afternoon  
-Cloud cover almost non-existent to begin and what developed was only high

Raptor Observations:
Slow to start, a pickup mid morning, a midday lull when the birds were very
high, an early afternoon flight over the lake plain and finally some close
low birds in the last two hours.  Local Cooper's Hawks quite active, local
TVs a nuisance and some sightings of local RTs.  Many thanks to all who
helped on a day when the birds were high and far away at times.

Non-raptor Observations:
Small groups of Double-crested Cormorants mainly flying north, single Brown
Thrasher, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, Sandhill Crane, pair of Eastern
Bluebirds, Pine Siskin flyover, pair of Cedar Waxwings

Another beautiful day but somewhat cooler with light northerly winds. 
Should be more sharpies and broad-wings.
Report submitted by John Stevens ()
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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