Date: 10/25/18 9:44 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (25 Oct 2018) 206 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 107 34481 36162
Osprey 0 14 39
Bald Eagle 0 84 159
Northern Harrier 5 255 396
Sharp-shinned Hawk 60 4119 5346
Cooper's Hawk 2 123 159
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 98 100
Broad-winged Hawk 8 206 7332
Red-tailed Hawk 17 588 662
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 6 6
American Kestrel 2 988 1426
Merlin 0 29 51
Peregrine Falcon 0 25 43
Unknown Accipiter 0 9 22
Unknown Buteo 1 28 43
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Raptor 0 6 9

Total: 206 41063 51962

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers: Jeanece Seals, Theresa Lindsey

Two of the three women from the famous "Tennessee Three" have made their
way to Essex County and will be assisting with the raptor count for the
next week or so. A total of 7 other visitors were at the tower today
including Ian Woodfield, Lisa and Brian from Leamington, and Dave and

Almost no wind at the tower for the entire day. What did measure recorded
little more than 1 mph and began from a northwest direction before moving
to the southwest by the afternoon. Cloud cover was almost negligible to
begin the day and increased as the day went on.

Raptor Observations:
It was a very slow day on the tower. The Turkey Vultures that were observed
(107) were quite far in the distance. Sharp-shined Hawk numbers were
relatively low today (60) and there was not much diversity in general.
Still, (17) Red-tailed Hawks were observed, as well as (4) Red-shouldered
Hawks and (2) Coopers Hawks. The only falcon observed today was (2)
American Kestrel. 3 of the 5 Northern Harriers flying past were adult
males. Only a single local adult Bald Eagle was observed, as well as the
local Osprey.

Non-raptor Observations:
A juvenile Common Gallinule is continuing at Carps Crossing. At least 6
Eastern Bluebirds were observed hovering over the tower before moving on in
the morning. A massive tornado of European Starling consisting of at least
10,000 individuals memorized visitors. Red-winged Blackbirds continue to
migrate in large numbers.

Blue Jays - 605
American Crows - 1,060

Tomorrow winds will start from the northeast for the first few hours of the
day. They are then forecast to shift to an eastern wind for the remainder
of the day. It will be a mainly cloudy day with a high temperature of 12 C
but will feel cooler with moderate winds.
Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>)
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