[Ontbirds] Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (08 May 2016) 14 Raptors

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Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: May 08, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              13             68           4797
Osprey                       0              2             42
Bald Eagle                   0              5             35
Northern Harrier             0              6             79
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            205           1026
Cooper's Hawk                0              6            116
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0            274
Broad-winged Hawk            0            450           2101
Red-tailed Hawk              0             38           1274
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1             26
Golden Eagle                 0              1              2
American Kestrel             0              5             55
Merlin                       0              1             21
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              8
Unknown Buteo                0              0              9
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0              1             18

Total:                      14            791           9893

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Mishell


George Holland was the only visitor and he could only stand the excitement
for 45 minutes.

Cloud cover started at 80@ , in just hour it went to 5% for two hours and
then by midday it was 100%. Showers started in hour 5 and we had showers
on/off then we had heavy squalls of intermittent heavy rain and wind, quite
violent at times.
The wind was variable all day sometimes from the North sometimes from the
South and in between

Raptor Observations:
A Turkey Vulture day with just one Sharpie. Then only in hours 2 and 3.

Non-raptor Observations:
The only passerine of note was a flight of 2 Rose Breasted Grosbeaks 1M +1F

Quieter weather could get a few more birds
Report submitted by Brian Mishell ()
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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