[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2019) 164 Raptors

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Fri Nov 15 18:38:04 EST 2019

Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2019

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              98           4438          53674
Osprey                       0              0             36
Bald Eagle                   1             38            231
Northern Harrier            21            268            725
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            312           5280
Cooper's Hawk                3             39            276
Northern Goshawk             0              0              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          5            227            442
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6          25779
Red-tailed Hawk             28           1219           2037
Rough-legged Hawk            1             14             14
Golden Eagle                 1             13             16
American Kestrel             0             17           1727
Merlin                       1              9            116
Peregrine Falcon             0              7             58
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              7
Unknown Buteo                0             12             24
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3              7
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     164           6624          90456

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Maryse Gagné

Observers:        Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski

Thank you Noel and Juliette, Dave and Linda, and Neil and Anne for their
visit and their help on the tower today. 
Additional thank you to Chip and Owen for bringing up an absolutely
stunning adult Red-shouldered Hawk to the released from the tower! 

Yet another cold day on the tower with the humidity really worsening the
chill. Not an easy day on the eyes with a full cloud cover creating bad
lighting for identification and poor visibility all around. Winds from the
South-West drove the majority of the raptors North of the marsh, forcing me
to have my eyes glued to the scope.    

Raptor Observations:
Not a bad day overall, with the usual raptors migrating past. Turkey
Vultures (98) and Red-tailed Hawks (28) are still leading the charge with
most migrants, followed closely by Northern Harriers (21). Other species
such as the Red-shouldered Hawks, Sharp-shinned, and Cooper's Hawks are
still moving past but in much smaller numbers today. Glad to count a
Merlin, an adult Golden Eagle and a light morph Rough-legged Hawk as well.

Lastly, today you could count 14 Bald Eagles hanging out on the frozen
marsh throughout the day, often putting up the ducks and fighting over some

Non-raptor Observations:
Still counting many ducks out on the marsh, mostly Mallards. With big
portions of the marsh frozen, ducks are clustered in small pockets of water
and only when they fly off, say because an Eagle spooked them, can you
really tell how many there are out there. 
Spotted a Yellow-rumped Warbler, two Great Egrets and many Tundra Swans
flying over. 
Notable omission today were Red-winged Blackbirds. 

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Tomorrow we are expecting some North-Eastern winds, which could potentially
bring raptors closer to the tower. Yet, raptors have a migrating mind of
their own, no promises! Hoping for a good flight of buteos, Northern
Harriers, and a few more Golden Eagles as they are quite low in number this
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (maryse.gagne35 at gmail.com)
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