Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 2 2
Turkey Vulture 425 1878 1878
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 46 46
Northern Harrier 0 5 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 20 72 72
Cooper's Hawk 2 43 43
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 12 231 231
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 29 403 403
Rough-legged Hawk 1 9 9
Golden Eagle 0 7 7
American Kestrel 0 10 10
Merlin 1 6 6
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 3 12 12
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Bill Lamond
In order to comply with COVID safety provisions we remind you that the size
of gatherings is restricted and so we do not encourage visitors. Access to
the tower is restricted to the official counter and one assigned spotter,
whose names have been provided in advance to the appropriate authorities.
Please cooperate by keeping yourself and others safe.
Day started out largely sunny with moderately strong SE winds. Cool at
about 7 degrees Celsius. Cloud cover changed throughout the day but it was
largely clear until almost 100% cloud-cover by 3:30. Temperature shot up to
about 17 degrees by noon when winds shifted to SW. By 3:00 the winds
shifted to moderate N winds and temperatures really cooled off.
An abundance of Turkey Vultures today with many of them coming in the last
hour. Moderate numbers of Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks and one each
of Merlin, Peregrine, Rough-legged Hawk and Bald Eagle.
A modest passerine migration of blackbirds and robins in the morning with
one meadowlark, one Tree Swallow and a few bluebirds. Three flickers and
over 30 Killdeers were also noted. It was interesting to observe five
cormorants soaring very high against the brilliant white clouds. I was very
ably assisted by Sarah Lamond. Those young eyes come in mighty handy.
Clearing overnight with moderate SW winds on Thursday so could be good for
hawks. SE winds would be better but at least they are southern. The High is
supposed to be up to 17 degrees Celsius so should be pleasant enough.
More site information at hawkcount.org: https://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=389
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.
The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.
Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. ©2020 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.