[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2019) 108 Raptors

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Wed Nov 13 18:18:44 EST 2019

Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2019

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              61           4330          53566
Osprey                       0              0             36
Bald Eagle                   3             36            229
Northern Harrier            16            200            657
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            294           5262
Cooper's Hawk                0             35            272
Northern Goshawk             0              0              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            213            428
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6          25779
Red-tailed Hawk             22           1142           1960
Rough-legged Hawk            2              9              9
Golden Eagle                 0             11             14
American Kestrel             0             17           1727
Merlin                       1              6            113
Peregrine Falcon             0              7             58
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              7
Unknown Buteo                0             11             23
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3              7
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     108           6322          90154

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

Official Counter:        Maryse Gagné


No visitors to day, but the stairs on the tower have been plowed for
whoever wants to visit! 

Cold start with a slow and gradual warm up throughout the day. Winds were
blowing gently from the South-West all day which brought along a full cloud
cover by mid-morning.  

Raptor Observations:
A relatively slow day, until Turkey Vultures came in to increase our daily
total by 61 birds. Red-tail Hawks were also flying far North of the marsh.
Only a few Sharp-shinned Hawks and a Red-shouldered Hawk made and
appearance. Of the 16 Northern Harriers that flew by, 9 were Grey Ghosts
males, always a pleasure to see them fly. Lastly, the rarities of the day
were a Merlin zipping across the marsh and two light morph Rough-legged

Non-raptor Observations:
Today was all about the gulls! Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls invaded
the marsh and clouds of hundreds of white birds could be seen feeding over
the marsh. 
Not many passerines migrating, but I was entertained by three American
Pipits jumping about on the frozen pond by the tower. 
A few unexpected species included a Tree Swallow, a Great Egret and an
Eastern Phoebe. 
Hooded Merganser and Bufflehead abundance is increasing on the marsh, as
other species are pushed further out to open patches of water.   

Check out the full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61429223

Tomorrow's winds will be South-Western, but the temperature is supposed to
rise and reach 0 degrees Celsius by mid-afternoon with some sunshine. Still
waiting on a few more Golden Eagles to come through, and always more
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (maryse.gagne35 at gmail.com)
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