Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch - Beamer Conservation Area (08 May 2022) 57 Raptors

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Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: May 08, 2022

Species            Day's Count    Month Total  Season Total


Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              3            162          8180
Osprey                      2              4            30
Bald Eagle                  7            15            96
Northern Harrier            1            15            63
Sharp-shinned Hawk          23            83            979
Cooper's Hawk              11            20            158
Northern Goshawk            0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0            413
Broad-winged Hawk            5            176          1498
Red-tailed Hawk              5            47          1132
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:                      57            531          12705

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end  time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katherine Stoltz

Observers:        Karen Ross, Paul Nielson

Visitors:
Visitors to the hawkwatch may enter the park on foot and must follow all
public health guidelines. Only pre-approved counters and spotters may drive
into the park and mount the tower. Washroom facilities are open.

Weather:
A cold wind and a clear blue sky presented a challenge.

Raptor Observations:
Dribs and drabs but no kettles.  7 Bald Eagles of various ages were the
highlight of the day. Many sightings of local TV, CH, and RT.

Non-raptor Observations:
Very few passerines.  1 Great Crested Flycatcher


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Report submitted by Katherine Stoltz (kstoltz5@cogeco.ca)
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 08, 2022 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ ----------- -------------- -------------- Black Vulture 0 0 0 Turkey Vulture 3 162 8180 Osprey 2 4 30 Bald Eagle 7 15 96 Northern Harrier 1 15 63 Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 83 979 Cooper's Hawk 11 20 158 Northern Goshawk 0 0 0 Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 413 Broad-winged Hawk 5 176 1498 Red-tailed Hawk 5 47 1132 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: 57 531 12705 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 7.5 hours Official Counter: Katherine Stoltz Observers: Karen Ross, Paul Nielson Visitors: Visitors to the hawkwatch may enter the park on foot and must follow all public health guidelines. Only pre-approved counters and spotters may drive into the park and mount the tower. Washroom facilities are open. Weather: A cold wind and a clear blue sky presented a challenge. Raptor Observations: Dribs and drabs but no kettles. 7 Bald Eagles of various ages were the highlight of the day. Many sightings of local TV, CH, and RT. Non-raptor Observations: Very few passerines. 1 Great Crested Flycatcher ======================================================================== Report submitted by Katherine Stoltz (kstoltz5@cogeco.ca) 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!!!