Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 11, 2018

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              49             81             97
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              6             10
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              8             47             68
Rough-legged Hawk            0              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:                      57            140            185

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Chris Escott

Observers:        Bob Stamp

Plenty of hikers and dog walkers, a few with a passing interest in birds.
Only one other observer, as noted elsewhere.

Overcast to start and -3 C. By mid-morning the sky was clear, with a light
NW to N breeze, and the raptors (mostly TUVU) started to trickle through.
Afternoon turned unpleasant, grey clouds drifted in, breeze shifted to SW
with intermittent light flurries, and the meager flight stopped dead.
Barely +1 C, and little action after that.

Raptor Observations:
The local COHA flew over early, but not seen again all day. A trickle of
TUVU for a couple of hours near mid-day, with the occasional RTHA, but
nothing else of note.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two skeins of CAGO flew over, and a small mixed flock of RWBL and COGR. One
large but transient flock of DEJU spent a half hour on the ground in the
feeder area. Otherwise nothing of note.

Forecast is similar to today's forecast (which was off the mark), with
light NE winds and low POP. If the grey clouds and intermittent flurries
hold off, it could be a decent day.
Report submitted by Chris Escott (
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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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