[Ontbirds] Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (30 Mar 2018) 41 Raptors

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Sat Mar 31 13:04:22 EDT 2018

Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 30, 2018

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              7              7
Turkey Vulture              23           1203           1219
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0             22             26
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             16             16
Cooper's Hawk                4             24             24
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2            126            128
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             10            396            417
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              4
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             1              4              4
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:                      41           1815           1860

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

Official Counter:        Tim Foran

Observers:        Denys Gardiner, John Stevens, Matt Mills, Phil Waggett,
                  Sandy Darling, Tom Thomas

Hundreds arrived to enjoy the exhibits and the work shops, exhibitors, as
well as live bird shows featuring a Great Horned Owl and a Golden Eagle.

Just about full cloud cover all day. Winds light, shifting from the north
to the north east. 

Raptor Observations:
38 countable birds and 3 Bald eagles heading eastward,
1 Adult, 1 one 4 year old, 1 first year juvenile.

Non-raptor Observations:
 Northern Raven, Common Mergansers, Pine Siskin  

Looking very could with south tail winds and a rain front coming in. There
should be quite a few birds through today.
Report submitted by William Foran (flarpus at yahoo.com)
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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