Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Chip Ogglesby, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent
Visitors: Thank you to our few visitors today, including Chip, Devon, Paul, and Duncan from ERCA.
Weather: Today started overcast, cool, and a humid 15 degrees Celsius with winds from the North. Winds stayed steady from the North and North-West most of the day, until a change to South-East and a spike in temperature.
Raptor Observations: Today was a very slow day for raptors, with a daily total of 20, even with such favourable winds. The most abundant raptors were Sharp-shinned hawks. Even our local Ospreys and Bald Eagles were not very keen to fly around the marsh today, though they were seen from time to time.
Non-raptor Observations: Monday's Massive Monarch Migration!! The Monarchs were the highlight of the day, when 3,553 butterflies migrated over the tower from 1-4 o'clock. Common green darner and black saddlebags also got the message and joined the party. We also observed a good variety of warblers flying in the trees surrounding the tower.
Monarchs: 3,553 Common Green Darners: 200 Black Saddlebags: 40 Cedar Waxwings: 205 Ruby-throated hummingbirds: 6
Predictions: Tomorrow we are expecting winds from the South and very hot temperatures. Not very promising weather for the raptors, but we are still hoping more sharp-shinned hawks and broad-wings will migrated nonetheless. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/