Date: 9/30/19 3:50 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (30 Sep 2019) 494 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 221 660 660
Osprey 0 24 24
Bald Eagle 1 92 92
Northern Harrier 31 207 207
Sharp-shinned Hawk 109 2288 2288
Cooper's Hawk 3 60 60
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 98 24910 24910
Red-tailed Hawk 6 144 144
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 25 1111 1111
Merlin 0 80 80
Peregrine Falcon 0 20 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 4
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 494 29604 29604

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

Thank you to our visitors today who helped to point out flocks of Blue Jays
coming over our heads. Thank you to David and Michelle, Bree and her
family, as well as Martha and her friends from Victoria B.C.

Today was pleasant day on the tower, with warm temperatures and staying
mostly overcast. The humidity was very high for most of day and the wind
blew from the North-East most of the morning only to change to East and
South-East in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
We had a variety of raptors passing over us today, with the biggest numbers
going to the Turkey Vultures (221). We also counted many Sharp-shinned
hawks (109), and our highest count of Northern Harriers so far this season,
31. To our delight, we counted 98 Broad-winged hawks, potentially the last
ones to migrate for the season. Hopefully we'll count a few more!

Non-raptor Observations:
We had a lot of activity on the tower, but today was all about the Blue
Jays, with a daily count of 22,920!
Other highlights, that we managed to count between masses of Blue Jays,
included many warblers, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers,
Red-bellied woodpeckers, Tree Swallows, Brown Thrashers, Nighthawks, and
many murmurations of starlings. Busy day!
Yellow-rumped warbler: 33
Magnolia Warbler: 3
Black-throated green Warbler: 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker: 1
Northern Flicker: 19
Tree Swallow: 970
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 8
Starling: 844
Black Saddlebag: 24
Monarch: 142

Tomorrow we are expecting a hot day on the tower with some pretty
unfavourable winds coming from the South-West most of the day. However,
Sharp-shinned Hawks and Kestrels have been known to fly in these
conditions, hopefully they will make their way towards us.
After today's Blue Jay success, we are hoping for another big migration
from them.
Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>)
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