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: Thank you to Noel, Chip, Dana, Jim, John Barnes and Neil, for keeping their eyes to the sky.
We would also like to mention the visit of Bob Hall-Brookes and a beautiful Red-tail hawk and Tim Jarold with a gorgeous after second-year Cooper's hawk.
Weather: The day started out with promising winds from the North and North-East, but quickly changed and ended with winds from the south and a temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.
Raptor Observations: We observed a variety of species today, mostly Red-tailed hawks (9), some Northern Harriers (5), Cooper's Hawks (5) and Kestrels (4). We are also always joined by our resident Ospreys and Eagles (juveniles and adults) that wander the marsh.
Non-raptor Observations: Today's highlight was the high numbers of Mallards, Starlings, Cedar Waxwings and Monarchs. The swallows are still high in numbers but slowly migrating south. We only observed 8 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and heard 2 Blue Jays, but are hoping for many more in the coming days.
Mallards: 404 Starlings: 215 Cedar Waxwings: 153 Monarchs: 145 Purple martin: 92 Tree swallows: 126 Barn swallows: 28
Predictions: Tomorrow, we are expecting less favorable winds (Southern and Eastern), but are still hoping for more Blue Jays, which should signal the arrival of Sharp-shinned hawks. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/