Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Craig Evans
Observers: Olga Klekner
Visitors: 3 Visitors made it to the tower today; Olga Klekner and 2 others for brief visits.
Weather: Moderate winds up to 18 mph from the southwest persisted for the morning. The temperature was 9 C but felt much cooler with the biting wind. Cloud cover was at 70% and increased throughout the day, though not reaching 100% until the final hour. The wind shifted to the south and became much lighter in the afternoon as temperatures reached a high of 14.4 C.
Raptor Observations: An improvement from yesterday as more raptors were observed and at a much closer distance. Still, there was not as much diversity in the Turkey Vulture streams as there was a few days ago. A few migrating Bald Eagles were seen. 10 Red-tailed Hawks and an adult male Northern Harrier were observed today. Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrel numbers increased from yesterday. 2 Merlin's powered by the tower one after the other. An adult Peregrine Falcon was observed late in the afternoon.
Non-raptor Observations: Not as much activity surrounded the tower today compared with yesterday, including less White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows. An Eastern Phoebe and a Hermit Thrush were observed. Ring-billed Gulls were streaming up the beach almost constantly all day. No American Crows were observed today, compared to the many seen yesterday. Blue Jay numbers are decreasing from what they were but are still being counted in fairly good numbers.
Predictions: The winds are expected to shift to the west in the early hours of the morning and will continue for the rest of the day. It will be mainly sunny in the morning, with the risk of showers in the afternoon and a high of 11 C. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/