Date: 10/4/19 6:45 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (04 Oct 2019) 7847 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 6817 7948 8806
Osprey 2 2 27
Bald Eagle 9 9 101
Northern Harrier 25 65 307
Sharp-shinned Hawk 343 953 3344
Cooper's Hawk 22 35 97
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 9 10 10
Broad-winged Hawk 488 778 25688
Red-tailed Hawk 29 31 175
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 93 341 1562
Merlin 7 10 91
Peregrine Falcon 2 8 29
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 2
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 7847 10191 40246

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

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.

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

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

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
Report submitted by Hugh Kent (<Hughnkent...>)
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