Date: 10/20/18 3:25 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Oct 2018) 1537 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 1337 26337 28018
Osprey 0 14 39
Bald Eagle 0 44 119
Northern Harrier 11 187 328
Sharp-shinned Hawk 170 2974 4201
Cooper's Hawk 2 92 128
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 21 23
Broad-winged Hawk 1 197 7323
Red-tailed Hawk 3 133 207
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 11 913 1351
Merlin 1 25 47
Peregrine Falcon 1 21 39
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: 1537 30985 41884

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.67 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans


14 visitors were at the tower today including Nick and Liz Belle from
London, and John Barnes.

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.

Blue Jays - 2,960
Monarchs - 2

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:

More site information at

Birders is a service of the Great Lakes Commission. Visit us at
You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Birders" group.
To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to birders+<unsubscribe...>
To post to this group, send email to <birders...>
Visit this group at
To view this discussion on the web visit<779bb4bf125928517fcd9fe11b61c92e...>
For more options, visit

Join us on Facebook!