Date: 10/17/18 5:35 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Oct 2018) 3510 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2018
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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
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers:

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.
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Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=100


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