Date: 10/10/18 3:55 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (10 Oct 2018) 590 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 410 5130 6811
Osprey 0 6 31
Bald Eagle 0 7 82
Northern Harrier 1 72 213
Sharp-shinned Hawk 155 815 2042
Cooper's Hawk 4 21 57
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 5 184 7310
Red-tailed Hawk 1 15 89
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 265 703
Merlin 2 12 34
Peregrine Falcon 2 13 31
Unknown Accipiter 1 4 17
Unknown Buteo 0 3 18
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Raptor 0 0 3

Total: 590 6550 17449

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans


7 visitors made it up the tower today but most only for short visits. Bob
Vodarek was with me for about 2 hours. Thanks for everyone's help!

The morning began with very light winds from the south and a temperature of
19.4 C that rose to a high of 30.2 C at 1:00 pm EST. Cloud cover increased
throughout the day. The winds shifted to the southeast at 9:00 am EST.
Humidity remained above 80% until the final two hours of the day. Light
rain moved in for the final hour.

Raptor Observations:
A steady number of Sharp-shinned Hawks were coming over throughout the day
again. Only one Northern Harrier was observed today. 5 Broad-winged Hawks
and a Red-tailed hawk were observed today. Many Turkey Vultures were
observed again using the thermals in the distance. 9 American Kestrels, 2
Merlin and 2 Peregrine Falcon were observed including one adult PG that
caught and consumed a Blue Jay in a tree before proceeding west.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was more activity below the tower today compared to yesterday. A
Blue-headed and Philadelphia Vireo were observed. A Brown Thrasher and 7
species of warbler were also observed. Red-winged Blackbirds were still
coming over in good numbers in the morning. The morning began slow for Blue
Jays but numbers picked up quickly and did not stop for much of the day.

Blue Jays - 27 130
Monarchs - 8

There is a chance of a thunderstorm here tonight. The winds will shift to
the west tonight and continue from the west tomorrow with mostly sunny
skies and cooler temperatures that are not expected to rise past 15 C.
Hopefully tomorrow we will have greater numbers of raptors still and more
diversity as well.
Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>)
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