Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Carol Pitts, Ed Pitts, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent, Jim McCoy, Len Jones, Patrick Tomlinson, Steve Wagner
Visitors: We had a lot of eyes on the sky today and thank you to all who visited an lent a hand! Thank you to Chuck Sharbough from Michigan, George Novosel from Ohio, Jim McCoy, Len Jones, Maureen, Ed and Carol Pitts, Steve Wagner and Patrick Thomlinson from Ohio and Cherise for all their hard work today! We had a visit from Nina and a gorgeous female Northern Harrier who was adopted by Chuck.
Weather: Today was another very hot and humid day, with very little wind. The wind that did reach us was from the North and did brings us a lot of raptors. Most of the day was overcast, making it easier for us to spot and count all the hawks.
Raptor Observations: What a day! The Broad-winged hawks came for a visit! Within two hours we counted 11,762 Broad-wings in several massive kettles, they just kept appearing, what an incredible sight! We also counted over 158 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 47 Kestrels, 17 Northern Harriers, 17 Bald Eagles 18 Red-tailed hawks, and 10 Merlins. Busy day!
Non-raptor Observations: Today was also all about the insects. In the morning, we counted a few thousand Monarchs, and again in the last hour of counting, we had another eruption of Monarch migration over our heads, ending with a daily count of 8,250 Monarch butterflies. Again, in the last few hours, the dragonflies came out to play, with swarms of darners in the sky. At the end of the day we had counted 283 Black Saddlebags dragonflies and 2,500 Common Green Darner Dragonflies.
Killdeer: 40 Chimney Swift: 29 Red-winged Blackbird: 311 Blue Jays: 27 Black Saddlebags: 283 Common Green Darner: 2,500 Monarch: 8,250
Predictions: Tomorrow we are expecting another hot day with winds from the North-East. We hope for more kettles of Broad-winged hawks, let's beat today's numbers!
We will most likely be counting at the Demonstration Farm tomorrow for those who want to come down. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/