[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2018) 855 Raptors

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Tue Oct 23 21:58:16 EDT 2018


Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2018
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             190          10656          10992
Osprey                       0              5             52
Bald Eagle                  14            123            236
Northern Harrier            35            401            573
Sharp-shinned Hawk         384           3547           4824
Cooper's Hawk               12            166            209
Northern Goshawk             1              4              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             94             94
Broad-winged Hawk            1             47           5880
Red-tailed Hawk            122            417            467
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              1
Golden Eagle                 2             21             22
American Kestrel            73           1638           2461
Merlin                      12            101            147
Peregrine Falcon             0             56             79
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     855          17277          26043
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Matt Oswald

Observers:        Eric Single, Mac McAlpine, Richard Skevington,
                  Ronnie Goodhand

Visitors:
Thanks to Matt, Mac, Eric, Ronnie, Richard S. and to several other visitors
who really helped with spotting the birds today and getting the count done.


Weather:
Winds were as promised moderate to strong from the NW for the day with
solid cloud cover to start that eventually broke out to a mix of sun and
cloud. Temps started at 5C and rose to a high of just 9C. There was some
drizzle in the air just before the noon hour which may have affected the
flight negatively somewhat.

Raptor Observations:
The  total birds for the day was 855 but with just 2 Golden Eagles for the
day which was a bit surprising given the time of the season and conditions.
However, there were some decent numbers of Sharpies (384) and Merlins (12)
with a good spread of other species across the observation period including
the first Roughie for the season and another adult N. Goshawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few non-raptors were noted today with Wild Turkey, Common Loons, Eastern
Bluebirds and Blue Jays along with lots of other passerines.

Predictions:
Well the powers that be are still forecasting NW or NNW winds for the
entire day on Wednesday though with a lot more cloud and a small chance of
precipitation by mid-afternoon. There should be at least a decent flight
for most species.

Thursday's forecast has changed a bit with NW winds predicted for the
morning before backing to W.
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Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm


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