Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 14:00:00 Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Craig Evans
Visitors: Paul Pratt visited the tower today for about 30 minutes.
Weather: The morning began sunny but soon clouded over for the remainder of the day. Gusty southwest winds continued for the second day in a row, though they were not as strong as yesterday, ranging between 14 - 18 mph. It was cooler today with an average temperature of 5 C.
Raptor Observations: It was another slow day for raptor migration with the gusty southwest winds. Some Turkey Vultures were observed crossing far to the north, in addition to some Red-tailed Hawks. An adult male and an adult female Northern Harrier flew past at different times. An American Kestrel, a Merlin and a Peregrine Falcon all flew up the beach today at different points. 3 resident Bald Eagles, 2 adults and an immature bird were observed in the area, in addition to an Osprey.
Non-raptor Observations: Ceder Waxwings and American Goldfinches continue to pass over the tower in fairly good numbers. Only a few Rusty Blackbirds and Pine Siskin were observed today. There was not too much activity in general around the tower, as the birds likely sought less exposed areas that were more sheltered from the wind.
Predictions: Tomorrow should be cool, mostly sunny and winds are predicted from the northwest. Tomorrow looks promising for raptor migration, hopefully this potential will be realized! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/