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 Pettit, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent, Patrick Tomlinson, Steve Wagner
Visitors: Today we were joined by Steve Wagner, Patrick Tomlinson, Bob Pettit, Andy Parsons, Ron Delacourt, Bob Hall-Brooks, and Rick. Thank you to all for spotting far-away Sharp-shinned Hawks.
Weather: Today was a hot day with once again, very little cloud cover and a good breeze coming from the South. Not very good for a lot of raptors but nice to be outside.
Raptor Observations: More Sharpies! On these less favourable wind days, we are counting a good number of Sharp-shinned Hawks at Demonstration Farms, with a daily count of 120. We also counted a few Kestrels (10), Broad-winged Hawks (5), and two Merlins.
Non-raptor Observations: The Blue Jays are finally starting to move. Today we had a daily count of 120 Jays, most of them travelling from tree to tree, not fully migrating, but soon! We also counted many Killdeers, Red-winged Blackbird, Cedar Waxwings, and Starlings.
Blue Jays: 120 Killdeer: 23 Starlings: 77 Cedar Waxwing: 80 Goldfinch: 35 Black Saddlebags: 354 Common Green Darner: 105 Monarch: 15
Predictions: Tomorrow, we will be doing our counting on the tower!! However, we are expecting winds from the South again. Hopefully the Sharp-shinned Hawks will keep coming. We are also hoping for more Blue Jays to start moving and for a few more good kettles of Broad-winged Hawks before the end of the season. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/