Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Andy Parsons, Bob Hall-Brooks, Bob Pettit, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent, Larry Ludwicki
Visitors: Since we changed locations and are not as obvious to find today, we did not get any visitors. However, we want to thank our counters today Bob Pettit, Andy Parsons, Larry Ludwicki. and Bob Hall-Brooks. A special thank you to Bob Hall-Brooks for bringing along a tent to keep us out of the rain.
Weather: Today was cold and gloomy with rain on and off all day and winds coming from the South and South-West. In the last hour, the sun came out to say hello and brought us a few more hawks.
Raptor Observations: Today was a day of the Sharp-shinned Hawks. Despite the rain and southerly winds, we counted 132 Sharp-shinned hawks. We also counted 26 Kestrels, three Merlins and two Red-tailed hawks.
Non-raptor Observations: Being unable to access the park and the tower again today, we set up shop just East of the park gate in a Demonstration Farm, with a very good view of the sky and of passing raptors. However, we did not have as much success with warblers. We counted over 20 Jays and over 600 Red-winged blackbirds!
Blue Jays: 27 Red-winged Blackbirds: 654 Tree Swallows: 347 Starlings: 220 Cedar Waxwings: 254 Goldfinch: 128 Killdeer: 38 Monarchs: 39
Predictions: Tomorrow, we are expecting a beautiful day with highs around 26 degrees Celsius and winds with a Northern component. Hopefully, these will bring us more hawks, particularly kettles of Broad-winged Hawks. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/