Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 13:00:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent
Visitors: Thank you to Tony for the visit and his help spotting Sharp-shinned hawks in the sky.
Weather: Another very hot day on the tower. Temperatures rose to 31 degrees Celsius with very high humidity and calm winds from the South. Our day was cut short by the thunderstorm that rocked the region. As soon as we heard thunder, we left the tower, safety first!
Raptor Observations: Another good day considering southern winds as we counted 99 raptors, all mostly Sharp-shinned hawks (71). We observed more variety today with 7 species.
Non-raptor Observations: Our highlights today were a Brown Thrasher and a Gray-Cheeked Thrush. We also observed many Chimney Swifts and Killdeer migrating over the tower. It seems that most of the swallows passed yesterday as we only counted 14 Tree Swallows and 6 Barn Swallows, wishing them luck on migration!
Chimney Swift: 30 Killdeer: 19 Cedar Waxwing: 155 American Goldfinch: 40 Ruby-throated hummingbird: 4 Monarchs: 66 Black Saddlebags: 40
Predictions: Tomorrow we are expecting rain for the morning and staying overcast for the majority of the day. However, the winds are projected to have a northern component to them all day. Hopefully raptors will take advantage of favourable winds and average temperatures to migrate. We are expecting more Sharp-shinned, Cooper's hawks and Harriers. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/