Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch - Beamer Conservation Area (09 May 2022) 28 Raptors

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Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: May 09, 2022

Species            Day's Count    Month Total  Season Total


Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              10            172          8190
Osprey                      1              5            31
Bald Eagle                  1            15            96
Northern Harrier            0            15            63
Sharp-shinned Hawk          4            87            983
Cooper's Hawk                2            19            157
Northern Goshawk            0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0            413
Broad-winged Hawk            3            181          1503
Red-tailed Hawk              7            53          1138
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0            22
Golden Eagle                0              0            11
American Kestrel            0              2            37
Merlin                      0              0            23
Peregrine Falcon            0              3              6
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              7
Unknown Buteo                0              4            33
Unknown Falcon              0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              2
Unknown Raptor              0              0            12
Short-eared Owl              0              0              1

Total:                      28            556          12730

Observation start time: 06:45:00
Observation end  time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        John Stevens

Observers:        Bouwe Bergsma, Gianpiero Tondina

Visitors:
Only the designated counter and spotters are permitted to drive into the
area and use the tower but others are welcome to enjoy the flight from the
ground.

Weather:
Beautiful!  Mostly sunny with a moderate wind from the east that shifted to
northeast in the afternoon.  Cool on the tower with the wind.  A few high
cirrus clouds for contrast.

Raptor Observations:
The TVs went round and round all day after 9 EDT.  Local CHs seen flying
together frequently and local RTs patrolled along the escarpment edge.
Lack of migrants was extremely disappointing considering the favourable
winds.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not really much.  A fair number of male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and at
least one female.  A single Baltimore Oriole and at least one Great Crested
Flycatcher, two Gray Catbirds, a couple of distant unidentified warblers
but few singing birds other than the usual suspects.

Predictions:
Virtually the same weather conditions as today, which should be good, but
then look at today's results.


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Report submitted by John Stevens ()
Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/

More site information at hawkcount.org:  https://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=389

Site Description:
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
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. ©2020 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

  1. Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!
Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch - Beamer Conservation Area Grimsby, Ontario, Canada Daily Raptor Counts: May 09, 2022 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ ----------- -------------- -------------- Black Vulture 0 0 0 Turkey Vulture 10 172 8190 Osprey 1 5 31 Bald Eagle 1 15 96 Northern Harrier 0 15 63 Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 87 983 Cooper's Hawk 2 19 157 Northern Goshawk 0 0 0 Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 413 Broad-winged Hawk 3 181 1503 Red-tailed Hawk 7 53 1138 Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 22 Golden Eagle 0 0 11 American Kestrel 0 2 37 Merlin 0 0 23 Peregrine Falcon 0 3 6 Unknown Accipiter 0 0 7 Unknown Buteo 0 4 33 Unknown Falcon 0 0 2 Unknown Eagle 0 0 2 Unknown Raptor 0 0 12 Short-eared Owl 0 0 1 Total: 28 556 12730 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Observation start time: 06:45:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 8.25 hours Official Counter: John Stevens Observers: Bouwe Bergsma, Gianpiero Tondina Visitors: Only the designated counter and spotters are permitted to drive into the area and use the tower but others are welcome to enjoy the flight from the ground. Weather: Beautiful! Mostly sunny with a moderate wind from the east that shifted to northeast in the afternoon. Cool on the tower with the wind. A few high cirrus clouds for contrast. Raptor Observations: The TVs went round and round all day after 9 EDT. Local CHs seen flying together frequently and local RTs patrolled along the escarpment edge. Lack of migrants was extremely disappointing considering the favourable winds. Non-raptor Observations: Not really much. A fair number of male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and at least one female. A single Baltimore Oriole and at least one Great Crested Flycatcher, two Gray Catbirds, a couple of distant unidentified warblers but few singing birds other than the usual suspects. Predictions: Virtually the same weather conditions as today, which should be good, but then look at today's results. ======================================================================== Report submitted by John Stevens () Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at: http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/ More site information at hawkcount.org: https://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=389 Site Description: 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 car. Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. ©2020 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch. 2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!