Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Craig Evans
Observers: Olga Klekner
Visitors: 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.
Weather: 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.
Predictions: 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...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/