Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Hugh Kent
Observers: Dan Lumm, Elizabeth Kent, Jim McCoy
Visitors: Big thanks to Dan Lumm and Jim McCoy for assisting in observation and identification. Thanks to all our other visitors for their good spotting - Len, Brian and Earl, Dave and Robin, Dan, Diana and Carol, Ed and Heide and Tara. Thanks to Bob Hall-Brooks from the Lake Banding station for bringing a magnificent hatch year female Red-shouldered Hawk to the Tower that was adopted by Hugh Kent.
Weather: Colder day with a brisk north wind, temperature only reaching a high of 13.8 degC. Started with a clear sky gradually becoming overcast mid afternoon
Raptor Observations: Exciting day with a pretty constant stream of Turkey Vultures and good numbers of Broad-winged Hawks. Also we had a greater variety of species with 13 out of the regular 15 species seen. The icing on the cake was a late day Northern Goshawk, the first of the season.
Non-raptor Observations: Conversely to yesterday it was very quiet on the non raptor front. Very few songbirds, species of note were 8130 Blue Jays, 496 Tree Swallows and 154 American Goldfinch. Ebird list at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60351110
Predictions: Tomorrow wind veers from NE to SE in the earlier part of the day. Temperatures are predicted to be a bit higher. Hopefully the Turkey Vulture migration will continue but it will be interesting to see how the numbers change with the different wind direction. As always hoping for more Northern Harriers, Sharp-shins and Kestrels with a smattering of other Buteos. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Hugh Kent (<Hughnkent...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/