Observation start time: 07:30:00 Observation end time: 11:30:00 Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter: Cindy Isenhoff
Visitors: The Dynamic Duo from Tennessee was on the tower when I arrived. They spent the first 3 hours there, and then left for lunch. Other than Theresa and Jeanice we had 7 other visitors who stayed just a very short time.
Weather: Very gray and overcast morning with light W winds to start turning to S by late morning. The sun tried to break through clouds twice, but failed and about 11:00am the predicted rain won out. Count was cut short due to the rain that was predicted all afternoon.
Raptor Observations: One Osprey was still seen hunting the marsh early this morning. The flight this morning was very light due to the weather...I think most of the hawks decided to wait out the rain and move tomorrow instead of the small dry window they had today. We had only 5 species of migratory raptors today.
Non-raptor Observations: Song birds were active around the tower this morning for the few hours. The marsh has nice numbers of ducks, and those visible were counted and show on the eBird report. American Gold Finch, American Crows and Blue Jays are still migrating in flocks. 4 late Tree Swallows were noted as they passed the tower. Our best bird today was located in Lake Erie, just out from the feeder creek at the hunt club property. 9 Wilson's Phalaropes were seen floating with some Bufflehead ducks. It was a spotting scope view to be sure, but 5 in the group still had the distinctive dark stripe on the head and neck with the white cheek. This is my first siting of this bird at Holiday Beach in the Fall. Full report at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49520608
Predictions: Mostly cloudy with temperatures about the same as today. Winds in the morning will be WNW, gradually changing to W. Should be a better day for the hawk flight. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Cindy Isenhoff (<akahawklady1...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/