Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 15:30:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Craig Evans
Visitors: 7 visitors made it to the tower today. Thanks for the help and good company!
Weather: Moderate winds were from the west northwest to begin the day. The temperature was 8 C and cloud cover at 20%. Winds were from the northwest from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST but returned to the west northwest. Wind velocity decreased to light in the morning and early afternoon but became strong by 2:00 pm EST with gusts of 22.3 mph recorded. Cloud cover increased to 100% by 11:00 am EST, but gradually diminished to 60% in the final hour. The temperature reached a high of 10 C at 1:00 pm EST.
Raptor Observations: With the hint of north winds it seemed like many species were trying to come through today. A good number of Red-tailed Hawks were flying over. 8 Red-shouldered Hawks were observed, most being adults. At least 3 adult male Northern Harriers were observed, including one being harassed by a Peregrine Falcon. Sharp-shinned Hawks continue to be seen in good numbers.
Non-raptor Observations: A continuing first year male Baltimore Oriole was observed again today. A House Wren was seen from above in an old nest. 2 Wilson's Snipe and 3 Greater Yellowlegs flew over. There was a notable absence of most Mute Swans in the marsh today and the Gray Catbirds finally seem to be gone from the bushes around the base of the tower.
Predictions: Winds are expected from the northwest tonight and into tomorrow morning, when at 10:00 am they will switch to the west for the rest of the day. Sunny skies are predicted and a high of 9 C. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/