Date: 10/16/18 4:25 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (16 Oct 2018) 2059 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 1588 18814 20495
Osprey 1 11 36
Bald Eagle 4 34 109
Northern Harrier 14 150 291
Sharp-shinned Hawk 291 2306 3533
Cooper's Hawk 9 75 111
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 196 7322
Red-tailed Hawk 3 81 155
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 147 798 1236
Merlin 1 19 41
Peregrine Falcon 1 18 36
Unknown Accipiter 0 7 20
Unknown Buteo 0 9 24
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Raptor 0 4 7

Total: 2059 22536 33435

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

Official Counter: Craig Evans


There were 7 visitors at the tower today.

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.

Blue Jays - 7670
Monarchs - 1

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...>)
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