Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Hugh Kent, Maryse Gagne
Observers: Hugh Kent
Visitors: As it was the last day of the Hawk Festival, we want to thank all who visited us today, all 300 of you! Thank you for your kind words, your support, and your amazing questions. Sorry we didn't have more hawks to show you, but that's nature! Come back anytime to visit!
Weather: Once again a hot and humid day on the tower, with temperatures rising to 31 degrees Celsius. Clouds came in and out all day and the wind blew from the South-West.
Raptor Observations: Once again, a slower day for us on the tower, with a daily count of 52 raptors. We mostly counted American Kestrels (21) and Sharp-shinned hawks (26), yet in the last 2 minutes of our count a juvenile Northern Harrier came for a visit. We were also entertained by a juvenile Peregrine Falcon who chased many Cormorants in the marsh. Unfortunately, we could not count it as a migrant but it definitely made our day!
Non-raptor Observations: We had a relatively slow day for non-raptor species as well, but we are seeing more species of ducks on the marsh, such as Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls, American Widgeons, and Northern Pintails. We counted another wave of Tree Swallows coming through the marsh, a good number of Northern Flickers, Cedar Waxwings, American Goldfinches, and some dragonflies. Monarch numbers seemed to have tappered out for the time being as we only counted 3 butterflies all day.
Tree Swallows: 136 Purple Martins: 5 Northern Flickers: 10 Cedar Waxwings: 42 American Goldfinch: 50 Black Saddlebags: 45 Common Green Darner: 10 Monarch: 3
Predictions: Tomorrow we are expecting another nice and warm day but with winds from the West for a change. We hope this might bring us a few more kettles of Broad-winged hawks, more Sharp-shinned Hawks and Kestrels, maybe a few more Red-tailed Hawks. We are also waiting for the start of the Blue Jay migration, maybe Westerly winds will start it. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/