Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            4004          20143          20590
Osprey                       0              5             68
Bald Eagle                  24             89            205
Northern Harrier             9            110            402
Sharp-shinned Hawk          82           1900           5912
Cooper's Hawk               20            169            261
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         18             58             58
Broad-winged Hawk            3             50           6115
Red-tailed Hawk            155            424            576
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8            219           1140
Merlin                       1             14            101
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             33
Unknown Accipiter            1              3              5
Unknown Buteo                2              8             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    4327          23205          35485

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Sean Jenniskens

Observers:        Bob Pettit, Dave Martin, Ian Woodfield, Jim McCoy,
                  Kory Renaud, Linda Wladarski, Michael Williamson,
                  Natasha Barlow

A few visitors on this Northerly  winded day! This included a couple down
from Milton, who we had a nice discussion with about raptors, and bird
migration as a whole.

North-westerly winds all day today were a nice change! Fairly clouded
through most of the day made to spotting a little easier.

Raptor Observations:
A good raptor flight today! Good numbers of Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles,
Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks, with 3 Broad-winged Hawks getting late
mixed in. Majority of the Bald Eagles were between 3pm and 4pm local time,
when there was a group of 6 all together at the same time, and several
groups of 2 migrating together. Most of the Red-shouldered Hawks came in
the morning, and many of the Red-tailed Hawks were high up in the clouds
around 2:30pm local time.

Non-raptor Observations:
Down to 4,900 Blue Jays today. One Blue-grey Gnatcatcher was seen and heard
later in the day, and a single Eastern Bluebird was seen migrating in the
morning. A few more diving ducks were observed today, which included both
Scaup, Redheads, and Ring-necked Ducks, along with the regular dabbling
ducks. For the full eBird checklist, go to One Monarch seen today.

Sunny skies, with very light N winds are predicted for the morning, but
they should switch to the S by the afternoon. 
Report submitted by Sean Jenniskens (
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