Date: 10/27/18 7:57 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Conservation Area (26 Oct 2018) 1469 Raptors
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 1113 35594 37275
Osprey 1 15 40
Bald Eagle 2 86 161
Northern Harrier 15 270 411
Sharp-shinned Hawk 29 4148 5375
Cooper's Hawk 6 129 165
Northern Goshawk 2 3 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 80 178 180
Broad-winged Hawk 0 198 7324
Red-tailed Hawk 218 814 888
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 6 6
American Kestrel 1 989 1427
Merlin 0 29 51
Peregrine Falcon 0 25 43
Unknown Accipiter 0 9 22
Unknown Buteo 2 30 45
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 5
Unknown Raptor 0 6 9

Total: 1469 42532 53431

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

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers: Bob Pettit, Jeanece Seals, Kory Renaud, Theresa Lindsey

Three different school groups from Harrow Public School, a grade 4, grade 5
and a grade 4/5 split class made their way to the tower today, again
dawning their binoculars and eager to see some raptors. 13 other visitors
were at the tower at different points in the day, including 5 students from
Kerala India currently attending the University of Windsor.

Light winds prevailed in the morning and increased to moderate in the
afternoon. Winds were mostly northeast but changed to southwest in the
final hour. It was overcast skies all day with some light drizzle in the
afternoon. The temperature ranged from 6.4 C to 10 C.

Raptor Observations:
The morning began very slow for raptor migration but picked up
significantly in the mid to late afternoon. 2 immature Northern Goshawks
flew past the tower at eye level at different times during the day. An
Osprey was moving up the beach heading west and not seen again for the rest
of the day. (218) Red-tailed Hawks and (80) Red-shouldered Hawks tallied
their highest totals thus far this season and were coming over fast and
furious in the afternoon. Sharp-shinned Hawks numbers (29) were the lowest
they have been in some time.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Common Gallinule is still continuing at Carps Crossing. A total of 18
Tree Swallows were seen flying over the tower today. A group of 18 Pine
Siskin were observed landing in a nearby tree before moving on. A group of
12 Purple Finch were also observed resting in a nearby tree. No Blue Jays
were seen or heard today.

American Crows - 1,800

Tomorrow is forecast to rain all day.
Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>)
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