Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 08, 2018

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              7
Turkey Vulture             622           3286           4627
Osprey                       1              7              7
Bald Eagle                   2              2             32
Northern Harrier             0              1              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7             35             59
Cooper's Hawk                5             16             41
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             29            178
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             15            101            572
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              6
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
American Kestrel             0              1              6
Merlin                       0              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:                     653           3496           5568

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Rob Spaul


Sunny in the morning (8-9:30). At 9:30, a front came in from the south and
began as snow flurries, before becoming heavy snow for ~20 minutes. Light
flurries on/off again, with another brief bout of heavy snow at 2:20-2:30.
Which immediately cleared and sunny skies lasted for ~40 minutes, before
becoming overcast again.

Raptor Observations:
Steady TUVU flight right from the morning, trickle of other species
throughout the day, with a little push in the afternoon, right after heavy
snow flurries. 

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Common loons, 2 double-crested cormorants, 1 Great Blue Heron, and other
typical residents.
Report submitted by Rob Spaul ()
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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