Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2018

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              7
Turkey Vulture             133           5009           6350
Osprey                       8             24             24
Bald Eagle                   1              7             37
Northern Harrier             3              9             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk         123            215            239
Cooper's Hawk                5             28             53
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             55            204
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk             14            260            731
Rough-legged Hawk            1              3              8
Golden Eagle                 0              0              2
American Kestrel             3              8             13
Merlin                       1              5              7
Peregrine Falcon             3              5              8
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:                     296           5643           7715

Observation start time: 11:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Sandy Darling

Observers:        Craig Potter, Matt Mills

Matt Mills and Craig Potter were very useful on a day where birds
(especially Sharp-shinned Hawks) were all over the sky.  Ivars Copps also

Wet and foggy in the morning.  Warm front moved in at 11:10 EDT (12:15 EDT)
and it was like the cork came out of the bottle with 107 raptors in the
first 45 minutes. Thereafter, bands of rain moved through from time to
time, but both raptors and non-raptors continued to move through. 

Raptor Observations:
First Broad-winged Hawk of the season among 12 species, including 8
Ospreys, 3 Peregrines and other fine birds.

Non-raptor Observations:
Both Kinglets in the woods before we started counting.  During the count
Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, Eastern Meadowlark, House Wren
and many others.

Birds are there to come, but weather will be the determining factor.  If
there are open periods in the weather, I expect there will be rush. 
Currently we have no scheduled counter for Friday, so please send us any
records from the site.
Report submitted by Sandy Darling (
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:

More site information at

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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