Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Stasso, Jacob
Observers: Hugh Kent, Liz Kent
Visitors: We thank today's observers for their efforts and those interested in the ongoing Hawk Count. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, access to the top level of Hawk Tower is limited to hawk counters and qualified observers only. The 2nd and lower levels are open to the public practising COVID-19 safe precautions (social distancing). Thank you for your understanding and involvement.
Weather: Today was warmer with a low of 3 and a high of around 8 C during observation. Skies were clear during the morning but became more cloudy towards the afternoon. Winds were southerly throughout the whole day, becoming slightly stronger in the afternoon.
Raptor Observations: Although winds were a discouraging southerly, raptor turnout was better than expected thanks in part to the warm conditions. The sightings today include 7 Turkey Vultures, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Cooper's Hawk, and 23 Red Tails. A nice surprise was an immature Golden Eagle early in the morning.
Non-raptor Observations: Slow day for non-raptors. Increased hunting activity on the marsh led to significantly less duck abundance as seen with all observed duck species. There was also less passerine movement today with only 105 American Goldfinch. Today's highlight was a raft of 300 Canvasback Duck on the lake during the early morning hours.
Predictions: Temperatures tomorrow are expected to remain mild with a low of 5 C and a high of 8 C during observation hours. However, rain is expected to be present throughout the whole day with it being strongest in the morning hours. This, in combination with strong south-westerly winds throughout the whole day, will likely limit raptor movement. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Jacob Stasso (<jacobstasso...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/