Date: 10/23/18 6:16 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (23 Oct 2018) 4009 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 3345 33455 35136
Osprey 0 14 39
Bald Eagle 26 76 151
Northern Harrier 15 236 377
Sharp-shinned Hawk 352 3944 5171
Cooper's Hawk 11 118 154
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 42 71 73
Broad-winged Hawk 0 198 7324
Red-tailed Hawk 188 416 490
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 1
Golden Eagle 3 4 4
American Kestrel 12 984 1422
Merlin 1 28 50
Peregrine Falcon 2 24 42
Unknown Accipiter 2 9 22
Unknown Buteo 9 24 39
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Raptor 0 4 7

Total: 4009 39609 50508

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers: Dave Martin, Jim McCoy, Linda Wladarski, Olga Klekner

A total of 12 Visitors were at the tower today, including
"English" Les, John Barnes, Bob Vodarek, Jim and Len, Olga Klekner, Dave
and Linda, Chip, Eugene from Mississauga. Thank you for everyone's help on
this busy day at the tower!

Mostly moderate and mostly northwest winds persisted throughout the day.
The temperature began at 7.1 C and climbed to 11.8 C in the final hour.
Cloud cover was variable; 50% to begin the day, followed by clear skies for
an hour or two, then increased to about 80% for the rest of the day.
Humidity generally decreased and barometric pressure increased as the day
went on. Visibility was about 8 km.

Raptor Observations:
With the northwest winds that came this morning, it was like a faucet was
turned on and all the migrants were coming through. (3) Golden Eagles, an
immature, an adult and a sub-adult were observed today. A white morph
Rough-legged Hawk, the first record of the season was observed. It was the
biggest day so far this year for (188) Red-tailed and (42) Red-shouldered
Hawks. Many (352) Sharp-shinned Hawks were still being observed. 2
Peregrine Falcon flew past in the morning. A good number of (26) Bald
Eagles and also some (15) Northern Harrier including at least 4 males. A
Merlin and some (12) American Kestrel were also observed. The local Osprey
is still present.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Wild Turkey were observed around the campsite on the drive in in the
morning. Many Red-winged Blackbirds were migrating past tower in the
morning. Many American Goldfinches, Cedar Waxwings and Pine Siskin were
observed flying past later in the day. American Crow numbers drastically
increased today making this the biggest day for this species so far this

Blue Jays - 2,330
American Crow - 2880
Monarchs - 1

Winds are forecast to continue from the northwest throughout the night and
into mid-morning. They are then expected to shift to the north for the rest
of the day. It will be mainly sunny skies and a high of 9 C. Hopefully the
great viewing at the tower will continue for another day tomorrow!
Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>)
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