Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Dan Lumm, Dave Martin, Ed Pitts, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent, Rick Brown
Visitors: Thank you to all of our visitors today including Rick Brown, Greg, Dave and Linda Martin, Dan Lumm and his sisters Paula and Yvonne, Ed Pitts, Dan and Diane Farmers and the University of Windsor Plant Ecology group. Thank you all for your eyes on the tower.
Weather: Another beautiful day on the tower, with temperatures in the mid 20s degrees Celsius and varying cloud cover throughout the day. The winds were expected to blow West all day, but changed to blow softly from the South-West.
Raptor Observations: The South-Western winds did not stop Sharp-shinned Hawks from migrating with a daily count of 321 Sharp-shinned Hawks! We counted a variety of raptors including 66 Kestrel, 31 Turkey Vultures, 18 Broad-winged Hawks, 8 Northern Harriers and 4 Merlins.
Non-raptor Observations: A few daily highlights today including our first Ruby-crowned Kinglet and 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Today we counted many species and high numbers of birds. We are counted a lot of waterfowl on the marsh, including Coots, Mallards, Wood ducks, Gadwalls, Shoverlers, and Widgeon. We are seeing more Blue Jays slowly migrating over the marsh, still waiting a big movement. Black Saddlebag dragonflies and Monarchs were active today, flying high above the tower.
American Widgeon: 142 American Coot: 170 Chimney Swift: 5 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: 2 Norther Flicker: 17 Blue Jay: 57 Cedar Waxwing: 175 American Goldfinch: 195 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet: 1 Palm Warbler: 1 Wilson Warbler: 5 Black Saddlebags: 103 Monarch: 82
Predictions: Tomorrow we are expecting another beautiful and warm day on the tower! The winds are expected to blow from the South-West all day. Hopefully the Sharp-shinned Hawks will keep migrating towards us. I challenge them to beat today's numbers! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/