[Ontbirds] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2019) 591 Raptors

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Sun Nov 17 17:50:14 EST 2019

Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2019

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             235           4920          54156
Osprey                       0              0             36
Bald Eagle                   0             38            231
Northern Harrier             8            308            765
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            368           5336
Cooper's Hawk                5             62            299
Northern Goshawk             0              0              6
Red-shouldered Hawk         48            574            789
Broad-winged Hawk            0              6          25779
Red-tailed Hawk            279           3912           4730
Rough-legged Hawk            1             21             21
Golden Eagle                 3             19             22
American Kestrel             0             21           1731
Merlin                       0             10            117
Peregrine Falcon             0              7             58
Unknown Accipiter            1              3              8
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:                     591          10284          94116

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

Official Counter:        Maryse Gagné


With such great weather today, many people were out in the park. Thank you
to Neil, June and Kevin, Tara and Sharron, Colleen and Chris, and Cameron
and Ella for their company and help spotting raptors today. 

Temperatures on the tower today were, dare I say it, pleasant! Very little
wind from the South-East and sunshine warmed up the air, so much so that
layers were shed quite quickly. Hoping for a few more days like this in the
next two weeks of counting.   

Raptor Observations:
After yesterday's mega migration, I expected most raptors had gone through
yet I was pleasantly surprised by the number of Red-tailed Hawks that
migrated by, with 279 individuals. Among them you could also spot
Red-shouldered (48 total). The majority of raptors migrated North of the
tower, forcing the use of the scope for most of the day. One light
colouration Rough-legged Hawk flew by as well as three Golden Eagles. 
Northern Harriers, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and Cooper's Hawks are still
coming, but in fewer numbers today. 
Bald Eagles are still spending time on the frozen marsh, and today you
could spot at least 16 Eagles at any given time. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's main highlight came from 4 Eastern Bluebirds who decided to spend
some time on the trees surrounding the tower, an absolutely wonderful
Other passerines included Horned Larks, Red-winged Blackbirds, Robins,
Goldfinches, and a House Sparrow. 
A small flock of Sandhill Cranes flew by along with a few Tundra Swans. 
Ducks are still very much present and with the thawing marsh, might coming
closer for a while. We were lucky to spot Hooded, Common, and Red-breasted
Mergansers along with Buffleheads and Goldeneyes. 

Check our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61535712  

Tomorrow we are expecting another batch of North-Eastern winds in the
morning, potentially prompting another good day of migration, yet I promise
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (maryse.gagne35 at gmail.com)
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