Observation start time: 08:30:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Cindy Isenhoff
Visitors: Very few souls braved the weather today. Gina and Josie from the area were hiking and stopped in this morning for a quick look around. Monique and Nico from London ON were also out for a nice walk and came up for a quick visit. During the last hour a total of 5 local area visitors came by.
Weather: A pretty gloomy day with SW winds all day kept the birds mainly to the north side of the marsh. Temperatures started out at 6.3C and rose to 8.9C. The day was hazy from the beginning and about 2:10pm a steady drizzle started that appeared to have no end in sight so the count was called for the day.
Raptor Observations: 8 Species today, with Falcons completely absent. The resident Bald Eagles were visible the entire day, stirring up the ducks in the marsh every hour on the hour. Highlight of the count were the 2 Rough-legged Hawks and the 2 Sub-adult Golden Eagles late in the 1 o'clock hour. One eagle and one rough-legged hawk actually came across the center of the marsh for nice looks. Unfortunately no visitors were on the tour at this time.
Non-raptor Observations: The marsh continues to be full of ducks, swans and some geese. Song birds were hard to find today, with very few being noted. Small number of Blackbirds, and American Crows are still migrating through. Complete list of birds at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61348773
Predictions: Sounds like snow is in the forecast, along with Northerly winds. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Cindy Isenhoff (<akahawklady1...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/