Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Craig Evans
Visitors: There were 7 visitors at the tower today.
Weather: Gusty winds from the southwest continued for the second day in a row. Winds were moderate to strong all day, through increased more in the afternoon. Unlike yesterday, it was a beautiful sunny day with not a cloud recorded. Temperatures began at 6.3 C and warmed to 11.5 C by the final hour.
Raptor Observations: There was more activity today compared to yesterday at the tower. Good numbers of Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels were observed today. 92 Sharpies were counted from 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST and 49 Kestrels were counted in the 10:00 hour. Turkey Vultures began coming through around 9:00 am EST and continued for the rest of the day. 3 Red-tailed Hawks were observed, including an adult and an immature captured, banded, and brought to the tower for a nice comparison, then released. A Merlin and a Peregrine Falcon were observed. Again, an Osprey was seen at different times throughout the day.
Non-raptor Observations: Many more non-raptor species were also flying through the skies today, including American Goldfinch and a 2000 bird swarm of European Starlings. Many Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Coot and a few other duck species can be found throughout the marsh. A Hermit Thrush was observed today. More Blue Jays than yesterday but as with most species, slowed down considerably in the afternoon.
Predictions: The winds are expected to shift to the northwest around 10:00 am tomorrow morning before switching to the west around noon, and then back to northwest around 3:00 pm for the rest of the night. The day should begin with a temperature around 5 C and warm to a high of 8 C, with a mix of sun and clouds. Hopefully we will get some decent numbers and variety of raptors with these north winds coming! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/