[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (09 Sep 2016) 318 Raptors

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Fri Sep 9 21:04:30 EDT 2016

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               5             15             15
Osprey                       4             27             27
Bald Eagle                  11             27             27
Northern Harrier            14            119            119
Sharp-shinned Hawk         143            424            424
Cooper's Hawk               11             26             26
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           62            287            287
Red-tailed Hawk              7             64             64
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            56            198            198
Merlin                       4             20             20
Peregrine Falcon             1              4              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     318           1212           1212

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Sean Jenniskens

Observers:        Bob Hall-Brooks, Michael Williamson

Spent the mourning with a couple of beginner birders from the area, and
showed at least one of them a few new birds! Later on the afternoon we had
a couple nice chats about the Hawk Festival (starting the 10th!) with some
people down for a photography course in Windsor.

The morning started out crappy with the first 2.5 hours of counting being
in solid fog. The wind started out in the North and slowly switched to the
South throughout the morning.

Raptor Observations:
Don't Forget! Our annual Hawk Festival starts Tomorrow! Come visit us at
the festival, September 10, 11, 17, 18!

With the fog, no raptors were observed in the first 3 hours of counting,
but after that there was a fairly steady movement through most of the day,
although it was very high most of the time and usually barely visible with
bare eyes.

Non-raptor Observations:
The first 3 hours of the count with the fog and shortly after were
surprisingly excellent for non-raptor migration! Non-stop through the
morning bird were doing their nocturnal flight calls while migrating
overhead, and some of the warblers even came down into the shrubs under the
tower; 13 warbler species were identified, 51 individuals remained
unidentified. For the full eBird checklist of all non-migrant-raptors
today, go to http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31499561 
It was hard to keep track of dragonfly numbers today, but at least 55 Black
Saddlebags, 25 Green Darners, and 3 Twelve-spotted Skimmers were observed
migrating. 9 Monarch butterflies were noted migrating as well.

Unfortunately they are calling for some rain tomorrow for the morning and
part of the afternoon. The winds to be out of the SW for most of the day.
Report submitted by Sean Jenniskens (seanjenniskens at hotmail.com)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:

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