Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Bob Pettit, Chip Ogglesby, Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski
Visitors: Thank you to Neil, Brent and John Barnes for their help spotting Sharp-shinned hawks out of the sky.
Weather: The day started with balmy weather and some threatening clouds, but cleared and warmed by mid-day. We also experienced very favourable winds coming from the West and North in morning, only to change to the South by the end of the day.
Raptor Observations: We had our biggest raptor count so far this season! Raptors migrated steadily throughout the morning, mostly Sharp-shinned hawks (72) and American Kestrels (31). We also observed our resident Ospreys, Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures as well as a non-migrating Peregrine falcon.
Non-raptor Observations: Today was a slower day for the passerines, not only in number of species but also in abundance. The number of swallows over the marsh is slowly declining. Our highest count of the day was 255 starlings. However, we did observe many Black Saddlebag dragonflies and Monarchs.
Purple martins: 81 Tree swallows: 51 Barn swallows: 30 Starlings: 255 Ruby-throated hummingbirds: 9 Black saddlebags: 145 Monarchs: 165
Predictions: Tomorrow, we are expecting winds from the North in the morning and changing to eastern winds in the afternoon. We are therefore hoping the northerly winds will bring more Sharp-sinned hawks. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/