[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (12 Sep 2016) 118 Raptors

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Mon Sep 12 19:56:24 EDT 2016

Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0             40             40
Osprey                       2             35             35
Bald Eagle                   2             60             60
Northern Harrier             6            136            136
Sharp-shinned Hawk          69            815            815
Cooper's Hawk                3             34             34
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           11            575            575
Red-tailed Hawk              3             77             77
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            18            339            339
Merlin                       4             44             44
Peregrine Falcon             0              5              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     118           2162           2162

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Sean Jenniskens

Observers:        Bob Hall-Brooks, Carol Pitts, Ed Pitts, Ian Woodfield,
                  Jim McCoy, Michael Williamson

Today was the first day Ed and Carole are up from Ohio, and they will be
here for 2 weeks for the migration!

Today was warm, but not nearly as hot as last week. No clouds overhead made
it nearly impossible to see if there was any high up migration going on.
Winds were barely noticeable, starting out from the N in the early morning,
turning too S component by mid morning.

Raptor Observations:
No big movement was noticed today, but it is possible they were high up in
the blue sky and missed. All of today birds were fairly low, mostly made up
of Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels, but a few Merlin buzzed up
right over the tower as well. A big female Cooper's Hawk almost flew into
Ed at the edge of the tower.

Non-raptor Observations:
Good movement of Warblers this morning! 15 species were identified in the
shrubs surrounding the tower. A good assortment of Dabbling ducks were
seen, although not in large numbers, and a pair of Lesser Scaup made for an
interesting and unexpected fly-by at the tower. A high flying group of 4
Red-headed Woodpeckers were observed flying East, and a Wilson's Snipe was
observed flying around several times. For the full list of birds, go to our
eBird checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31552035
Plenty more attention was paid to counting dragonflies today compared to
days previous, and as a result, 1,139 Black Saddlebags, 61 Green Darners,
and 12 Twelve-spotted Skimmers were observed migrating, as well as 35

SW winds are predicted for tomorrow.
Report submitted by Sean Jenniskens (seanjenniskens at hotmail.com)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:

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