Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 07, 2018

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              7
Turkey Vulture             381           2664           4005
Osprey                       3              6              6
Bald Eagle                   0              0             30
Northern Harrier             0              1              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5             28             52
Cooper's Hawk                0             11             36
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             28            177
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             12             86            557
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              6
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
American Kestrel             0              1              6
Merlin                       1              3              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              9             15
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                     406           2843           4915

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Phil Waggett

Observers:        Barry Cherriere, Craig Corcoran

Craig Corcoran and Barry Cherriere helped with the count.
Paul Nielsen and Karen Ross visited from Fort Erie.

The day started out sunny with a clear blue sky but by noon had become
overcast.   Moderate wind out of the west and unseasonably cold with wind
chills that likely didn't break freezing.

Raptor Observations:
A flight dominated by turkey vultures with only a few hawks observed--the
highlights being 3 ospreys.  Local TV's, coops and red-tails were active

Non-raptor Observations:
No other migrants were observed today.  Barry Cherriere located the great
horned owl nest in the woods east of the tower.

Very likely a continuation of today's flight with the weather pattern
Report submitted by Phil Waggett (
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:

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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 is again allowed into the park, but visitors are asked to 
have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE 

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