Date: 10/22/18 6:05 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (22 Oct 2018) 1753 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 1300 30110 31791
Osprey 0 14 39
Bald Eagle 0 50 125
Northern Harrier 16 221 362
Sharp-shinned Hawk 368 3592 4819
Cooper's Hawk 5 107 143
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 29 31
Broad-winged Hawk 1 198 7324
Red-tailed Hawk 11 228 302
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 49 972 1410
Merlin 1 27 49
Peregrine Falcon 0 22 40
Unknown Accipiter 0 7 20
Unknown Buteo 2 15 30
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Raptor 0 4 7

Total: 1753 35600 46499

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans


12 visitors were at the tower throughout different points in the day
including Phil and Filla from Detroit, Professor Bill from Ann Arbor, John
Barnes and Bob Vodarek. Thanks to all who came out today!

Moderate winds from the southwest began the day with a temperature of 6.6 C
and mostly sunny skies. The sunny skies lasted throughout the day. The
winds calmed to almost no wind in the afternoon (it also shifted to the
south, then to the southeast in the final 2 hours). Temperatures rose to a
high of 15.1 C.

Raptor Observations:
A good number of Sharp-shinned Hawks were flying over today, specifically
around mid-morning, including 110 individuals between 9:00 - 10:00 am EST.
This was one of the highest counts of Sharpies at the tower this season! An
adult Broad-winged Hawk was observed in a kettle of Turkey Vultures. By the
afternoon, much of the activity over the tower had slowed dramatically. The
Turkey Vulture stream had moved well north and a scope was required for

Non-raptor Observations:
An American Woodcock, 5 Tundra Swans and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher are among
the birds observed today.

Blue Jays - 4,070
Monarchs - 3

Winds are expected to switch to the northwest tomorrow morning and last
throughout the day! It will be mainly sunny skies with a high of 11 C. The
winds will shift just as I will be getting to the tower in the morning and
I am hoping for a really good day of raptor viewing!
Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>)
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