[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2019) 455 Raptors

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Tue Nov 12 19:00:13 EST 2019

Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2019

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             173           4269          53505
Osprey                       0              0             36
Bald Eagle                   0             33            226
Northern Harrier            36            184            641
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            292           5260
Cooper's Hawk                2             35            272
Northern Goshawk             0              0              6
Red-shouldered Hawk         58            212            427
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6          25779
Red-tailed Hawk            171           1120           1938
Rough-legged Hawk            1              7              7
Golden Eagle                 0             11             14
American Kestrel             0             17           1727
Merlin                       1              5            112
Peregrine Falcon             0              7             58
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              7
Unknown Buteo                1             11             23
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3              7
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     455           6214          90046

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Maryse Gagné


Thank you to Noel and Juliette for their lovely visit today! They came at
just the right time to spot many Red-tail Hawks with me. 
Additional thank you to Tim Jarrold who brought up the most gorgeous dark
Red-tailed Hawk. Let's keep'em coming!    

Hello winter! Yesterday's snow completely changed the marsh, making it look
frosty and fabulous! Good amount of snow on the tower which made the stair
quite slippery, but it should be cleared by tomorrow. 
Temperatures today were quite cold, around -6 degrees Celsius most of the
day and the wind blowing from the North-West at approximately 20-30 km/h.
Thankfully, the sun was out most of the day to warm the air. Clear blue
skies in part of the afternoon, causing the raptors to fly very high. 

Raptor Observations:
Another very successful day! Morning started quite typically with many
Northern Harriers (16 in the first hour!), and ended with a daily total of
36 Harriers. Turkey Vultures and Red-tailed Hawks were neck and neck for
most numerous species today, with the Turkey Vultures coming in first by 2
birds (173 total). An admirable day for the Red-tailed Hawk nonetheless.
Among the Red-tailed, you could always spot a Red-shoulder or two, ending
their daily total with 58 individuals. Other highlights included a Merlin
and a textbook light morph Rough-legged Hawk, flying high and so beautiful
against the clear blue sky.   

Non-raptor Observations:
Still many species migrating over the tower, including Tundra Swans,
American Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Starlings.
Passerines included Eastern Bluebirds, Goldfinches, and Horned Larks. A
lone Tree Swallow flew by the tower, and three American Pipits could be
seen walking on the frozen pond for most of the day. 
Parts of the marsh are covered by a thin sheet of ice which was enough to
push all the ducks quite far at the other end of the marsh, making it
difficult even with a scope to spot and identify them. However, there are
still hundreds of ducks out there and some species are easier to identify,
such as Buffleheads and Hooded Mergansers. 

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Cold start to the day tomorrow, but should warm up slightly throughout the
day. Unfortunately looks like the wind will be shifting back towards the
South for the next little bit. Hoping for more and more Harriers and a
couple of Golden Eagles. 
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (maryse.gagne35 at gmail.com)
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