[Ontbirds] Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (29 Mar 2018) Raptors

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Thu Mar 29 12:51:19 EDT 2018

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 29, 2018

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              7              7
Turkey Vulture               0           1037           1053
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0             21             25
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             14             14
Cooper's Hawk                0             16             16
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            121            123
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0            373            394
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              4
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0              3              3
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              6              6
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       0           1609           1654

(No count conducted today)

The site was fogged in and the fog became denser.

Raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Observations:

Good Friday is the annual Open House of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch
from 10:00 to 3:00.  All are welcome, and a food truck should be on site. 
There will be exhibits by nature groups, talks on migration, life raptor
demonstration and children's program.  The current weather is due to clear
out and so we hope for birds coming on south-west winds behind the front.
Report submitted by Sandy Darling (darlinga at cogeco.ca)
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:

More site information at hawkcount.org:  http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=389

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: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. ©2018 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into park is restricted in March because of construction on site. Visitors can park at the gate BUT DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!

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