Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2018

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              7
Turkey Vulture             200           4758           6099
Osprey                       0             11             11
Bald Eagle                   2              5             35
Northern Harrier             1              6              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk          18             62             86
Cooper's Hawk                0             20             45
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             54            203
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             24            235            706
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              7
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
American Kestrel             0              5             10
Merlin                       0              3              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              9             15
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                     245           5177           7249

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Thomas

Observers:        Andy Morgan, Jim Watt, John Hogeveen

Andy Morgan, Jim Watt, John Hogaveen.

The weather was bright and sunny with no clouds and even slightly warm at
the start of the count. As the day wore on small clouds turned into bigger
clouds and then around noon dark menacing clouds moved in. Beamer itself
seemed to be an oasis in a sea of darkness, but as the south winds started
to gust it just got plain cold, and soon there was the odd snow shower and
I headed for cover.

Raptor Observations:
There was a good up flight of Turkey Vultures taking advantage of the good
weather, but as the winds grew stronger from the south it was clear the
flight was to the north along the Escarpment and we counted birds as they
popped up at various stages along their flight path. most of the Sharp-shin
flight was over the tower or there abouts, along with two Bald Eagles, one
adult, and one two year old immature. I had good looks at a beautiful male
Northern Harrier to the west of the tower just before snow flurries moved

Non-raptor Observations:
Great looks at a male Pileated Woodpecker, as it flew east and then later
it passed closer going back west. Two small flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls,
Cedar Waxwings, Killdeer, Common Loons, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Heron,
Eastern Meadowlark, Pine Siskin, Golden-crowned Kinglet.  

Could be a repeat of today, but with stronger wind gusts from the south.
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 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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