Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 1 1
Turkey Vulture 76 757 757
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 29 29
Northern Harrier 0 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 15 15
Cooper's Hawk 3 30 30
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 124 124
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 7 306 306
Rough-legged Hawk 0 7 7
Golden Eagle 0 4 4
American Kestrel 1 9 9
Merlin 0 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Phil Waggett
Observers: Katherine Stoltz
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.
Clear blue sky for the count period, light to moderate winds from the WSW,
and mild temperatures into the afternoon.
A very light flight with turkey vultures dominating, primarily in the last
hour of the count. Local TV's, red tails, and cooper's hawks were active
today. Many thanks to Katherine today who helped with the spotting--most
hawks were at great height.
Virtually no migratory activity noted except for a few robins and crows.
The local common raven put in a brief appearance.
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.