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
Visitors: 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!
Weather: 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
Predictions: 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...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/