Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent
Visitors: We would like to thank the welcomed help of Neil, Noel and Juliette, Christine, Jerry Pelon, and John Barnes. We were also visited by Nina Radley and a feisty female Cooper's hawks. Thanks for stopping by!
Weather: Today we experienced a warm and slightly windy day with winds from the North-West, and temperatures hovering around 20 degree Celsius.
Raptor Observations: Raptors have finally started to migrate over the tower at Holiday Beach! We observed many Norther Harriers, American Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawks. At 9:30 EST, a Swainson's hawk was spotted at the hawk banding blinds. We are also surrounded by non-migrating Turkey Vultures, Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Cooper's Hawks, Northern Harrier and one juvenile Peregrine Falcon that enjoys chasing the Cormorants in the marsh. At the end of the day, we were greeted by a Merlin who decided to take a few swings at the plastic owl on the tower before migrating.
Non-raptor Observations: Today, we are still observing high numbers of swallows feeding in the marsh. We observed very numbers of Cedar Waxwing, Mallards, and Monarchs. We are still waiting for Blue Jays to arrive, to also bring along Sharp-shinned Hawks.
Purple Martins: 137 Tree Swallow: 121 Barn Swallow: 99 Cedar Waxwing: 232 Mallards: 243 Monarchs: 76
Predictions: Due to today's northwestern winds and the promise of northeastern winds and warm temperatures tomorrow, we predict more migrating Northern Harriers and American Kestrels. We also predict more Sharp-shinned Hawks and Broad-winged Hawks. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/