Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Chip Ogglesby
Visitors: We were visited by ERCA outreach staff with two groups of young and avid birders, thank you stopping by! We were also visited by Chip Ogglesby and a Kestrel, and by Bob Hall-Brooks and a Peregrine falcon!
Weather: What a hot day on the tower! The temperature reached 31 degrees Celsius at 12 o'clock. Not much of a breeze either, with very weak winds from the South for most of day.
Raptor Observations: Even with southerly winds we did observe 78 raptors, most of them Sharp-shinned hawks (57) and American Kestrels (18). We also observed local Ospreys and a non-migrating female Peregrine falcon.
Non-raptor Observations: Today was all about the swallows. During the first hour, we counted 3,500 swallows flying above head and heading west! The mixed species flock was approximately 60% Tree Swallow, 30% Purple Martin, 5% Barn Swallow and 5% Bank Swallow. The hot temperatures seemed to affect other passerines as there was little warbler activity around the tower.
Cedar Waxwings: 202 Ruby-throated hummingbird: 10 Chimney Swift: 14
Predictions: Tomorrow we are expecting another hot day with southern winds but we may be interrupted by thunderstorms in the afternoon. However, there's plenty of time for hawks to visit us in the morning. Hoping for more Sharp-shinned hawks, Kestrel and maybe a kettle of Broad-winged hawks. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/