Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Chuck Sharbaugh, Ed Pitts, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent, Jeremy Bensette, Larry Ludwicki, Patrick Tomlinson, Steve Wagner
Visitors: News of good hawks movement has spread and we welcomed many visitors and counters. Thank you to all who came and helped to spot a kettle forming in the sky. Thank you to Chuck Sharbough, Steve Wagner, Patrick Thomlinson, Ed Pitts, Larry Ludwicki, Bob and Margaret Milles, Rick Andrews, Mark and Roberta Buchanan, Kory Renaud, Noel and Juliette, Jeremy Bensette, Olga and Roland, and Michelle.
Weather: Another really nice day for hawk watching, starting with low clouds and a cool mornings. The wind stayed North-East all day for the entire day. We were thankful for the clouds in the morning as they brought the hawks closer to us, but they dissipated in late afternoon leaving us with more blue sky and a warm day.
Raptor Observations: Another successful day for us the Demonstration farm with a daily total of 12,970 raptors! We started with Sharp-shinned hawks, counting 204 today and then came the Broad-winged Hawks! Our daily total was 12,588 today!! They came in massive kettles, very close to us because of the low clouds, so close we could easily count them with the naked eye. We also counted many Red-Tailed hawks 28, Turkey Vultures (689, and Kestrels (39).
Non-raptor Observations: Not much bird action in the morning, but we did count 4 American Pitpit. Our attention was mostly on Monarchs again as we counted 1,800 in the first hour of counting. At the end of the day, we finished with 7,600 butterflies! At the end of the day, the Common Green Darners also came for a visit.
American Pitpit: 4 American Goldfinch: 80 Cedar Waxwings: 118 Black Saddlebags: 115 Common Green darner: 250 Monarch: 7,600
Predictions: Tomorrow we are expecting a hot and sunny day with winds from the East in the morning, shifting to the South-East in the afternoon. We might not see numbers as high as today's but we can still hope for a few kettles of Broad-winged, more Sharp-shinned hawks and Kestrels. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/