Date: 9/23/19 4:56 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (23 Sep 2019) 398 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 18 174 174
Osprey 0 21 21
Bald Eagle 5 82 82
Northern Harrier 2 134 134
Sharp-shinned Hawk 101 1327 1327
Cooper's Hawk 0 39 39
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 4 24783 24783
Red-tailed Hawk 2 126 126
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 260 624 624
Merlin 3 43 43
Peregrine Falcon 2 9 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 398 27370 27370

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagne

Observers: Bob Hall-Brooks, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent

Thank you to Kitty Bradshaw and Gail Walker from Woodstock ON for their
visit and their good eyes on the tower. We were also visited by a couple
from Germany touring great birding spots in Ontario and Elise and Louis
from Parry Sound also visiting birding sites in Ontario. Thanks to Michelle
and Bob Hall-Brooks that took time to come count during one of our busiest
hour. Thank you for stopping by!

A gorgeous day for us on the tower, temperatures were hot but we welcomed a
good cloud cover and strong 20 km/h winds from the West all day.

Raptor Observations:
A successful day for us as we counted 398 raptors. We had some variety but
the raptor that took the cake was the American Kestrel, with a daily count
of 260! In second place we had Sharp-shinned hawks with a daily total of
101. Most birds had some difficulty flying straight into the strong winds,
but most of flew just above the tower, giving us the chance to get a good
look. We also counted a few Merlins and Peregrine falcons in the mix. We
had a good day, hoping for more where that came from!

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's non-raptor highlight came from a Palm Warbler! Not many other
warblers to be seen in the trees except for two Redstarts in the afternoon.
We were also excited to count 25 Chimney Swifts, always a pleasure to see
them flying!
Duck diversity is increasing in the marsh with Widgeons, Gadwalls and
Shoverlers. We also counted many American Goldfinches flying above us and a
few more Tree Swallows.

Chimney Swift: 25
American Goldfinch: 110
Blue Jays: 28
American Crow: 32
Northern Flicker: 7
Cedar Waxwing: 38
Black Saddlebags: 11
Monarchs: 21

Tomorrow, we are expecting very similar weather as today; warm day with
strong winds from the West. Hopefully, it will be just as, if not more
successful! Hoping for more Kestrels, Merlins and Sharp-shinned Hawks.
Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>)
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