Date: 9/6/19 4:59 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (06 Sep 2019) 24 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 06, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 0 7 7
Osprey 0 3 3
Bald Eagle 0 8 8
Northern Harrier 9 31 31
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 15 15
Cooper's Hawk 2 9 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1 26 26
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 22 22
Merlin 3 6 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 24 133 133

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagne

Observers: Bob Hall-Brooks, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent

Thank you to Noel, Chip, Dana and Bob Hall-Brookes for their visit today
and their help sighting raptors.

Today's weather started out warm with very calm winds from the West, but
quickly changed directions to more southerly winds for the rest of the day.
We experienced some rain mid-day, only to finish off with temperatures
rising to 28 degrees Celsius by the end of the day.

Raptor Observations:
Today was all about the Northern Harriers (9) and the Sharp-shinned hawk
(9) migration. Our day finished with two gorgeous female Merlins.
As usual, we were greeted by our local Ospreys, juvenile and adult Bald
Eagle and Turkey Vultures.

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's main attraction came from 296 Monarchs. We also observed many Cedar
Waxwings, Purple Martins, Tree swallows and starlings. We also had a boost
in Ruby-throated hummingbirds. The warblers are slowly starting to migrate,
but did manage to see 5 Wilson's warblers around the tower.
The day's highlight was the sight of an otter swimming in the marsh by the
tower! After carefully looking at a few pictures snapped at the last
second, we are quite positive that what we saw was definitely an otter.
Hopefully, it will make another appearance.

Monarchs: 296
Cedear Waxwings: 180
Purple martins: 128
Tree swallows: 113
Starlings: 128
Ruby-throated humming birds: 22

Tomorrow, we are expecting winds from the North in the morning, changing to
North-West later in the day. We hope that these favourable winds will bring
us a steady stream of Northern Harrier, Red-tails, Sharp-shinned and
Cooper's hawks.
Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>)
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