Date: 10/17/18 5:35 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Oct 2018) 3510 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 3095 21909 23590
Osprey 1 12 37
Bald Eagle 5 39 114
Northern Harrier 11 161 302
Sharp-shinned Hawk 283 2589 3816
Cooper's Hawk 10 85 121
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 8 19 21
Broad-winged Hawk 0 196 7322
Red-tailed Hawk 33 114 188
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 60 858 1296
Merlin 2 21 43
Peregrine Falcon 1 19 37
Unknown Accipiter 0 7 20
Unknown Buteo 1 10 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Raptor 0 4 7

Total: 3510 26046 36945

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans


7 visitors made it to the tower today. Thanks for the help and good

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.

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...>)
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