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
Visitors: 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 Linda.
Weather: 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.
Predictions: 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...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/