Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 5.67 hours
Official Counter: Craig Evans
Visitors: 14 visitors were at the tower today including Nick and Liz Belle from London, and John Barnes.
Weather: The day began with light to moderate southwest winds, with 90% cloud cover and a temperature of 11 C. Winds continued from the southwest all day, the temperature rose only slightly and cloud cover was variable. A light drizzle fell in the afternoon and by 2:00 pm EST, a wind gust of 32.7 mph was recorded, which was subsequently followed by rain.
Raptor Observations: A late Broad-winged Hawk flew past the tower at close range. More adult Sharp-shined Hawks are being noted compared to mostly immature birds earlier in the season. A resident adult Bald Eagle was observed plucking an American Coot from the marsh before heading away. An immature Peregrine Falcon was observed just before the rain moved in for the day.
Non-raptor Observations: An adult male Canvasback and a House Wren are among the birds observed today. Only 2 Red-winged Blackbirds were recorded, compared to many yesterday. Lots of American Goldfinch were flying over today. Blue Jay numbers continue to slow.
Predictions: The winds have shifted to the northwest and are expected to continue all day tomorrow. It will be a mainly sunny day, though cool temperatures in the the morning and a high of 8 C. Tomorrow has the potential to be a great day for raptor watching with these north winds that have arrived! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/