Observation start time: 07:45:00 Observation end time: 14:15:00 Total observation time: 6.25 hours
Official Counter: Cindy Isenhoff
Observers: Jim McCoy
Visitors: Very few visitors today. Richard and Kim from Toronto spent half the day with me, and a trio from Grosse Pointe MI came for a couple of hours later in the afternoon.
Weather: Complete cloud filled sky for the first hours of the count. Haze over the marsh, that quickly changed to drizzle and then to steady rain for the first hour and a half. Winds out of the S or SW all day. The afternoon brought some sunshine, and break in the clouds, but winds were stubbornly blowing the birds inland.
Raptor Observations: South winds no doubt kept some raptors waiting for a more favorable wind. We had a fair number of Turkey Vultures and Sharp-shinned hawks today. Only 7 species total. The resident Bald Eagles were hunting the marsh, and showing off for the visitors on the tower.
Non-raptor Observations: Nice mixed flocks of songbirds around the tower this morning. Many Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers and even a few Red-eyed Vireos. Sparrows species were represented but the star of the show where Chimney Swifts 54, Tree Swallows 247, and Blue Jays 6120 full report at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60409358
Predictions: West winds tomorrow with partly sunny skies and mild temperatures. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Cindy Isenhoff (<akahawklady1...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/