Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 13:15:00 Total observation time: 6.25 hours
Official Counter: Craig Evans
Visitors: 4 Visitors, not including a large group of school students who never actually made it to the top, were at the tower today. This does include Bill and Karen from Michigan, Greg from Windsor, and Bob HB.
Weather: Sunny skies all day with 0% cloud cover. At first check, the temperature was - 1 C and the the wind direction was pointed to the north (ideal raptor conditions) but there was absolutely no wind. It warmed up quickly in the sunlight. The "wind' soon shifted to the west, then southwest and increased only slightly.
Raptor Observations: It was a very slow day for raptors passing over the tower. It seemed like everything was far to the north. The Turkey Vultures could be seen streaming along with a few buteos, but this was at the limit of 10X binoculars in some cases and the limit of the scope in others. Only a few dozen Sharp-shined Hawks were observed flying over. A Merlin flew by at close distance. A few of the resident Bald Eagles and the Osprey were hunting around.
Non-raptor Observations: There was lots of other activity around the tower today. Many White-crowned Sparrows have moved in, along with the White-throated Sparrows. A Hermit Thrush was observed, 2 Carolina Wren, 2 Orange-crowned Warbler, a Nashville Warbler and a few Palm Warblers. A juv. Black-crowned Night Heron was observed. A few mammal species of note that were observed from the tower today were the elusive North American beaver and 2 White-tailed deer.
Predictions: Winds are expected to continue from the southwest tonight and through tomorrow with mostly sunny skies. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/