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
Visitors: Thank you to Noel, Chip, Dana and Bob Hall-Brookes for their visit today and their help sighting raptors.
Weather: 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.
Predictions: 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...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/