Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 06, 2018

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               9             26             42
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              6             10
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              5             34             55
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              3
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      16             71            116

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Thomas

Observers:        Dave Sked

David Sked who helped with the count, and John Hogeveen stopped by

Started off with some breaks in the clouds and you could feel the warmth of
the sun at times. East wind was breezy but not too strong. By mid day it
was overcast and you could see dark areas building up in the north east.
Overall not too bad a day.  

Raptor Observations:
The first week of March is always 'iffy', but you can sometimes get good
    Turkey Vultures started to move quite early, suggesting that they had
roosted in the area overnight as we had very few afterwards. Some
Red-tails, a light morph Rough-leg, and an adult Bald Eagle brought the
daily total to 16.
     A pair of local Red-tails and a local displaying Cooper's Hawk
entertained us for a while.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Just the usual suspects.

It doesn't look too promising, but you never know
Report submitted by Tom Thomas (
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Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.


Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and 
finalized after the end of the season. ©2018 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into park is restricted in March because of construction 
on site. Visitors can park at the gate BUT DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR 

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