Date: 11/24/21 1:56 pm
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Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2021) 33 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2021

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 7 3397 68568
Osprey 0 0 26
Bald Eagle 0 40 182
Northern Harrier 1 63 570
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 135 7742
Cooper's Hawk 1 48 287
Northern Goshawk 0 2 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 172 578
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5262
Red-tailed Hawk 23 1490 3011
Rough-legged Hawk 0 6 7
Golden Eagle 1 43 56
American Kestrel 0 3 1305
Merlin 0 7 124
Peregrine Falcon 0 11 99
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Black Vulture 0 0 1

Total: 33 5417 87825

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

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

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.

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...>)
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