Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Cherise Charron, Patrick Tomlinson, Steve Wagner
Visitors: It was a quiet day for us at Demonstration Farms, with quick visits from Claude Radley and Chip Ogglesby. I also want to thank the work of Steve Wagner and Patrick Thomlinson and Cherise Charron for spotting raptors out of the sky.
Weather: Today was another hot day with a clear blue sky and very little cloud cover. The wind from the South-East gave us a nice breeze, but not too many raptors.
Raptor Observations: We had a slow but steady and constant stream of Sharp-shinned Hawks coming in for most of the day. Our daily total reached 97 Sharp-shinned Hawks. We also counted 34 Broad-winged Hawks, most of which came in two's and three's all day.
Non-raptor Observations: The sky was very quiet today, we did not count many species or high numbers of birds at Demonstration Farms. We were excited to count more Blue Jays and Crows. We did have a steady amount of dragonflies and Monarchs flying above us all day.
Blue Jays: 27 American Crow: 17 Cedar Waxwing: 29 Killdeer: 10 Red-winged Blackbirds: 95 Black Saddlebags: 40 Common Green Darner: 100 Monarchs: 80
Predictions: Tomorrow we are expecting another day with winds from the South. We are hoping for a better cloud cover to be able to more easily spot raptors. We are expecting more Sharp-shinned hawks, as they do not seem to be as dependent of wind conditions. We can always count on a Sharp-shinned Hawk! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/