Date: 10/9/19 4:20 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (09 Oct 2019) 2805 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 2713 21095 21953
Osprey 0 4 29
Bald Eagle 5 26 118
Northern Harrier 2 90 332
Sharp-shinned Hawk 24 1506 3897
Cooper's Hawk 10 73 135
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 15 42 42
Broad-winged Hawk 0 861 25771
Red-tailed Hawk 28 144 288
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 5 379 1600
Merlin 0 12 93
Peregrine Falcon 1 13 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 5
Unknown Buteo 2 6 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 2805 24256 54311

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, Jim McCoy, Larry Ludwicki

Thank you our visitors, your help was very appreciated! Thank you to Nicole
and Chris from the University of Windsor, Margaret and Paul coming from
Alberta and Ross and Josh from Bird Studies Canada for their visit.

An absolutely gorgeous day on the tower for weather! Started out cooler
with strong winds from the North and North-East, switching to the East
later in the afternoon. The sun warmed us just enough with nothing but
clear blue skies for most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
We experienced a really slow morning, only counting a few Sharp-shinned
Hawks, which was surprising considering the Northern winds. In the
afternoon, when the Turkey Vultures started to fly, that's when the action
began! Of course the clear blue skies meant the raptors were flying very
high, forcing our counters to often lie on the backs on the benches to
count all the Turkey Vulture kettles above our heads. In total we counted
2,713 Turkey Vultures, with 15 Red-shouldered Hawks and 28 Red-tailed Hawks
mixed in the kettles. Overall, a very good day!

Non-raptor Observations:
Once again, the Jays stole the show however, we only counted 18,360 Blue
The usual species were coming in high numbers, like Starlings, Cedar
Waxwings, Goldfinches and Red-winged Blackbirds.
We are still getting many species of ducks, the newer ones include Ruddy
Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks and Lesser Scaup.
Also new additions to the marsh are Bonaparte's Gulls, who came in big
numbers (150) and two Rusty Blackbirds.

Blue Jays: 18,630
European Starling: 3,200
Cedar Waxwing: 44
American Goldfinch: 73
Red-winged Blackbirds: 120
American Coot: 222
Killdeer: 24
Yellow-rumped Warblers: 7
Monarch Butterfly: 26

Tomorrow we are expecting another lovely day, with a mix of sun and cloud,
hopefully more cloud than today, as well as winds from the East.
We are hoping for more (and lower) Turkey Vultures, with buteos mixed in
those kettles.
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
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