[Ontbirds] Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (21 Apr 2016) 26 Raptors

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Thu Apr 21 18:57:16 EDT 2016

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               2           1435           4561
Osprey                       1             35             35
Bald Eagle                   0              5             28
Northern Harrier             0             37             68
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            487            637
Cooper's Hawk                1             41             90
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7            270
Broad-winged Hawk            6            197            197
Red-tailed Hawk              0            287           1147
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4             24
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             27             46
Merlin                       1              7             13
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:                      26           2592           7157

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Sandy Darling

Observers:        Dave Sked

Barry Jones, Ivars Kops, and two ladies from Holland.

The first few minutes were spent removing two bottles and the remains of
lunch from the tower, and a bottle and empty French fries container from
under the tower. Although these may have been from other visitors, please
make sure that you place any such items in the garbage can.
Skies cloudy all day until rain in the afternoon - good for viewing the few

Raptor Observations:
A slow flight

Non-raptor Observations:
The usual cast except for a Chipping Sparrow.

There are still few birds immediately south of us, so it may still be slow
Report submitted by Sandy Darling ()
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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