Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 6.25 hours
Official Counter: Dave Martin
Observers: Jeanece Seals, Kory Renaud, Linda Wladarski, Theresa Lindsey
Visitors: A group of 35 grade 8 students from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, led by Jessica from ERCA made their way up the tower today. Tim Jarrold (one of our certified raptor banders) brought a hatch year female Merlin to the tower for the group to observe prior to its release.
Weather: Light winds were from the west all day. It was total cloud cover in the morning and early afternoon but decreased to 50% in the final hour. Humidity was around 85% throughout the day.
Raptor Observations: The morning began slowly but the migration increased throughout the day. However, later in the afternoon the raptors seemed to be passing well north of the tower. An immature Golden Eagle was observed. 4 Merlin were also observed, in addition to (91) Red-tailed Hawks, (9) Red-shouldered Hawks and (26) Sharp-shinned Hawks. 3 of the 5 Northern Harriers that flew past today were male.
Non-raptor Observations: Many Cedar Waxwings were observed moving west over the tower in the morning. Many Ring-billed Gulls were also observed streaming up the beach.
Predictions: Tomorrow morning will be cool, only a few degrees above freezing but temperatures are expected to rise to 14 C by the afternoon. Winds from the south are forecast. It should be mostly sunny in the morning with a few more clouds later in the day. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/