[Ontbirds] Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (19 Apr 2016) 141 Raptors

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Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               9           1387           4513
Osprey                       3             31             31
Bald Eagle                   0              5             28
Northern Harrier             2             37             68
Sharp-shinned Hawk          44            441            591
Cooper's Hawk                0             35             84
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              7            270
Broad-winged Hawk           69            168            168
Red-tailed Hawk              8            275           1135
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4             24
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             26             45
Merlin                       0              6             12
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              5              8
Unknown Buteo                0              3              8
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             10             17

Total:                     141           2445           7010

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Matt Mills

Observers:        Barry Cherriere, Claude King, Darren Smillie, David Weare,
                  Denys Gardiner, Phil Waggett, Tom Thomas

Bob Copeland, Avalon Arsenault, Ceaig Potter, Brian Hawthorne, 2 hawk
watchers from Toronto helped with the count early. 

Brisk north winds eased and became more easterly. Some afternoon cirrus and
haze in a blue sky. 

Raptor Observations:
A promising pulse of birds midday petered out into a very slow afternoon.
Highlights were the Osprey and 3 immature Red-shouldered Hawks. Harrier at
12:05 was distant but female-type, at 1:45 looked to be an adult female. 

 One local Cooper's Hawk zipped by the tower about 5 feet off the ground
carrying prey.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebe, both Kinglets, Pine &
Yellow-rumped Warbler, still a few juncos around the feeder. 76 Pine
Siskins in 3 flocks plus a single bird. 

Probably similar to today. Looking ahead we have a southerly flow Thursday
which could be good depending on the wind velocity and rain. The weekend
looks intriguing with brisk east winds forecast for Saturday. Could be
Report submitted by Matt Mills ()
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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