Date: 10/24/18 5:06 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (24 Oct 2018) 1248 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 919 34374 36055
Osprey 0 14 39
Bald Eagle 8 84 159
Northern Harrier 14 250 391
Sharp-shinned Hawk 115 4059 5286
Cooper's Hawk 3 121 157
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 23 94 96
Broad-winged Hawk 0 198 7324
Red-tailed Hawk 155 571 645
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 2 6 6
American Kestrel 2 986 1424
Merlin 1 29 51
Peregrine Falcon 1 25 43
Unknown Accipiter 0 9 22
Unknown Buteo 3 27 42
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Raptor 2 6 9

Total: 1248 40857 51756

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers: Olga Klekner

A group of school children from the Maranatha Christian Academy led by Jess
visited the tower today. They had their binoculars and checklists in hand
and were eager to see some raptors. They stayed for about an hour and were
not disappointed, as a nice variety including the Golden Eagles flew over
the tower during their visit.
10 additional visitors were at the tower today including Ian Woodfield,
John Barnes, Bill and Linda from Ann Arbor, Olga Klekner, Jim and Len, Kit
McCann and Bob Vodarek.

The light winds were from a northerly direction until just after mid-day
and eventually swung around to the southwest later in the afternoon. The
skies were free of clouds for the first half of the day, then built to
around 75% in the final hour. Visibility was good today at around 9 km.

Raptor Observations:
Raptor migrants were not coming through in as good of numbers as yesterday,
they also seemed more spread out and often very high in the sky. However, 2
immature Golden Eagles were observed in the morning. It was a pretty good
day for (155) Red-tailed Hawks with some (23) Red-shouldered Hawks mixed
in. Relativity not many (919) Turkey Vultures were observed today, the
fewest amount in a weeks. (115) Sharp-shinned Hawk numbers were also lower
today than they have been. (2) American Kestrel, a Merlin and a Peregrine
Falcon were observed today.

Non-raptor Observations:
A squadron of 28 American White Pelican flew low directly over the tower in
the afternoon. An immature Red-headed Woodpecker flew past. American Crow
numbers tripled from yesterday. Blue Jay numbers continue to slow. Many
Red-winged Blackbirds were observed again in the morning.

American Crows - 6620
Blue Jays - 605

Northern winds are expected throughout the night and into tomorrow morning.
Around mid-day they are predicted to switch to the southwest. It will be
mainly sunny in the morning with a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon
and a high of 9 C.
Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>)
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