Date: 10/8/19 4:20 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (08 Oct 2019) 1660 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 1507 18382 19240
Osprey 0 4 29
Bald Eagle 0 21 113
Northern Harrier 9 88 330
Sharp-shinned Hawk 96 1482 3873
Cooper's Hawk 13 63 125
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 27 27
Broad-winged Hawk 6 861 25771
Red-tailed Hawk 13 116 260
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 10 374 1595
Merlin 1 12 93
Peregrine Falcon 0 12 33
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 5
Unknown Buteo 0 4 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 1660 21451 51506

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent, Rick Brown

Thank you to Anne and Ron Simpson from Virginia, Jim McCoy, Rick Brown and
Neil for their help today

Our day started with a cool morning and northern winds and a very blue sky.
By the afternoon, the winds had changed directions to the South and almost
completely stopped blowing as the day warmed.

Raptor Observations:
Today was all about the Turkey Vultures, forming kettles very far North of
the tower. By the end of the day we had counted over 1,500 Turkey Vultures!
We are noticing more hawks flying past us, notably Red-shouldered Hawks,
Cooper's Hawks and the last few Broad-winged Hawks of the season.
As usual Sharp-shinned Hawks made their appearance as well as a few

Non-raptor Observations:
The sky was full today! Blue Jays started strong ans stayed strong all day
and we ended the day with... 55,020 Blue Jays! Big round of applause to Liz
Kent and her mighty clicker for counting the majority of them!
We also counted many Red-winged Blackbirds, Starlings, Cedar Waxwings and
Duck diversity has increased with new species such as Lesser Scaup, Redhead
Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks and Ruddy Ducks.
Other highlights included 46 Chimney Swifts and 17 Black-bellied Plovers.

Red-winged Blackbirds: 844
Starlings: 1,900
Cedar Waxwing: 179
American Goldfinch: 324
Yellow-rumped Warbler: 18
Monarch butterfly: 26

Tomorrow we are expecting a beautiful day with some North-East winds in the
morning. After that, the winds will shift to the East and South-East.
Hopefully, the Turkey Vultures will venture closer to tower and we'll keep
seeing Red-tail and Red-shouldered Hawks coming towards us.
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
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