[Ontbirds] Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (01 Apr 2018) 864 Raptors

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Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2018

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              7
Turkey Vulture             790            790           2131
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              0             30
Northern Harrier             0              0              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5              5             29
Cooper's Hawk                3              3             28
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         16             16            165
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             40             40            511
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              5
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
American Kestrel             0              0              5
Merlin                       1              1              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                8              8             14
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1

Total:                     864            864           2936

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        John Stevens

Observers:        Michael Hollett, Richard Tofflemire

Barb Scott, Joanne Pritchard and Ian Jarvie helped for a while but there
were numerous visitors to the tower on a day when there were likely more
people in the CA than at the Open House.

Clear and cool with modest westerly winds.  Clouds were cumulus to begin
and some cirrus building in toward the end.  Perfect hawk watching

Raptor Observations:
Some of the Buteos were stupid high in the middle of the day but most of
the TVs were easily found.  A flood of TVs late in the day.  Local CH
displayed for a while.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not much happening yet.

Weather forecast is for similar conditions tomorrow with less cloud.  Could
be good as there should be a build-up of birds wanting to head through.
Report submitted by John Stevens ()
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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