Observation start time: 08:45:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 8.25 hours
Official Counter: Craig Evans
Observers: Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski
Visitors: John Barnes and "English" Les were at the tower in the morning. Dave, Linda and Pat Schiller were at the tower in the afternoon.
Weather: Today was overcast with light winds from the northwest for much of the day. The temperature was around 5 C and humidity was relatively low at around 50%.
Raptor Observations: A SWAINSON'S HAWK was observed flying over today!! An adult Golden Eagle was observed. Many (172) Red-tailed Hawks and (41) Red-shouldered Hawks were flying over throughout the day. (14) Sharp-shinned Hawks, (10) Cooper's Hawks, (8) Northern Harriers, and (7) Bald Eagles were observed today. An American Kestrel and a Merlin were also observed migrating. The Osprey is still being seen perched in nearby trees and flying around the marsh.
Non-raptor Observations: Two groups of Eastern Bluebirds for a total of 33 birds flew over the tower today and many landed in nearby trees. It was quite the sight to see the male bluebirds next to the adult male Northern Cardinals. Red-winged Blackbirds were seen in their highest numbers in over a week. Only a single Great Egret was observed today.
Predictions: Tomorrow's forecast is calling for some mix precipitation in the morning, then some light rain in the afternoon. Moderate winds are expected from the east in the morning and are expected to shift to the northwest, then the west in the afternoon. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Craig Evans (<cpe4...>) Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/