Date: 10/19/18 6:43 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (19 Oct 2018) 2924 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 2664 25000 26681
Osprey 2 14 39
Bald Eagle 5 44 119
Northern Harrier 12 176 317
Sharp-shinned Hawk 182 2804 4031
Cooper's Hawk 3 90 126
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 21 23
Broad-winged Hawk 0 196 7322
Red-tailed Hawk 10 130 204
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 43 902 1340
Merlin 2 24 46
Peregrine Falcon 1 20 38
Unknown Accipiter 0 7 20
Unknown Buteo 0 13 28
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Raptor 0 4 7

Total: 2924 29448 40347

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers: Olga Klekner

3 Visitors made it to the tower today; Olga Klekner and 2 others for brief

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.

Blue Jays - 6,370

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
Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>)
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