[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (16 Nov 2019) 1096 Raptors

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Sat Nov 16 21:08:28 EST 2019

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2019

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             114            114          10722
Osprey                       0              0             79
Bald Eagle                  12             12            141
Northern Harrier            21             21            343
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11             11           2841
Cooper's Hawk               13             13            124
Northern Goshawk             2              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk         50             50            185
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1           5153
Red-tailed Hawk            857            857           1456
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              1
Golden Eagle                13             13             19
American Kestrel             1              1           1777
Merlin                       0              0             73
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             76
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:                    1096           1096          22993

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Bolohan

Observers:        Dave Brown, Mike Kirchin

Thanks to Tom B, and Mike Sr and Mike Jr for their help today and also at
the end of the day a visit from Darryl D and his friend Alanna.

In a word.... COLD! Still it was a fantastic hawk watching day with strong
winds from the NE and then swinging slightly to ENE before rounding back
again to NE. We had lots of sunshine all day with a bit of cloud but mostly
contrails to provide a backdrop making it easier to spot the birds. The
majority of the flight today was almost certainly under 200 ft with just a
few birds gaining lift and getting to perhaps 500 ft.

Raptor Observations:
Great migration push today with a total of 1,096 raptors tallied. 

Today's big highlights were the 13 Golden Eagles.... with the most
interesting sighting that of 3 young Goldens all flying together not too
high above the ravine tree line... and at one point with 2 of them locking
talons and rotating around each other! Awesome!

The bulk of today's flight was Redtails (857) with an almost continuous
movement of this species for the first few hours. Other species put in a
good showing too with Red-shoulders (50 - almost all adult birds) and a
number of N. Harriers (21). Some accipiters were on the move as well with a
few Sharpies (11), a decent number of Cooper's (13) and a couple of N.
Goshawks (both young birds and on the deck!).

The only falcon of the day was a single adult male Am. Kestrel.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of non-raptor species were on the move today as well with Am. Pipits,
Am. Robins, continuous flights of Am. Crows, DE Juncos, Blue Jays, Rusty
Blackbirds, several flocks of Starlings and RW Blackbirds, Canada Geese and
a nice surprise.... a number of good sized flocks of Sandhill Cranes (433
total - all very low) headed westward right over the hawk watch area!
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns at ezlink.ca)
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