Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent, Jim McCoy
Visitors: We had a few visitors today including Mike, Jim McCoy, Chip Ogglesby, John Barnes, Noel, Nancy and Sieglinda. We were also visited by Karen and Bradie who adopted a lovely Cooper's Hawks and released it from the tower. Thank you all for stopping by!
Weather: Today, we experienced pleasant temperatures and a mostly overcast day, with winds blowing mostly from the South and South-West.
Raptor Observations: Today was a good day for us, with a daily total of 286 raptors. We had a lot of variety, counting 111 Sharp-shinned hawks, 101 Turkey Vultures and 52 American Kestrels. To our delight, we counted 4 Peregrine falcons and 9 Merlins! Even with southern winds, the raptors are still migrating through.
Non-raptor Observations: It was a slower day for the non-raptor species, only counting 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, but it was the first one of the season! We counted a high numbers of waterfowl on the marsh including Widgeons, Pintails, Shovelers, Wood Duck, Gadwalls, Mallards and Black Ducks. We are counting more and more Blue Jays flying above us, hoping for bigger numbers soon. Additionally, we counted a high number of Tree Swallows (646) feeding over the marsh during the entire day.
American Widgeon: 40 Wood Duck: 22 Gadwall: 20 Mallard: 231 American Coot: 221 Chimney Swift: 23 Blue Jays: 187 Tree Swallow: 646 American Goldfinch: 8 Black Saddlebag: 99 Monarch: 42
Predictions: Tomorrow, we are expecting a nice day with a mix of sun and cloud and winds from the West for the majority of the day. Tonight, the winds are expected to blow from the North-west, which might push some nocturnally migrating songbirds towards the tower, fingers crossed! We are expecting more Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels and hoping for more Northern Harrier and Turkey Vultures. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/