Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Andy Parsons, Bob Pettit, Dorothy McLeer, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent, Larry Ludwicki
Visitors: Thank you to all who stopped-by our little makeshift hawk observatory by the baseball diamonds in Malden Center. We had Deb and Julie from Ohio, and many other potential festival goers who stopped after seeing a group of people on the side of the road all wearing binoculars.
Weather: After yesterday's storm, we had a gorgeous day at Holiday Beach and Malden Center where we continued our count (see below in observations). Winds came from the West and South-West all day, not bringing many raptors.
Raptor Observations: We did not see many raptors today, with unfavourable winds and a change of location (see below). In total, we counted 23 birds, a few Red-tailed hawks, Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles and a Merlin to finish off the day.
Non-raptor Observations: Unfortunately, the park suffered extensive damage and we were asked to leave the tower after doing an hour of counting. We relocated to Malden Center, a few kilometers North to finish counting, without the risk of branches falling on our heads. Thank you to the Essex Region Conservation Area (ERCA) crew for working so hard.
At the tower, we observed many warbler, notably a Northern Parula and many Magnolia warblers. We also counted 20 Chimney Swifts. At Malden Center, we observed 8 Horned Larks, and 128 Monarchs.
Predictions: Tomorrow, we hope to able to count at the tower again, however we will wait for the go-ahead from ERCA. We are expecting winds from the South-West all day and some rain the afternoon. Hoping more Sharp-shinned hawks, Merlins and Kestrels will decide to migrate in front of us tomorrow. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/